The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) is a state-owned corporation responsible for the trade of alcoholic beverages.
As a state-owned corporation, the SAQ provides a major income stream to both levels of government in the form of taxes, duties, and a dividend payment to the Quebec government.
The SAQ spends millions of dollars a year in Quebec on goods and services other than alcoholic beverages. While fully cognizant of the economic impact of its commercial activity, the SAQ is nevertheless committed to promoting awareness among Quebecers of the importance of developing sensible attitudes towards alcohol and to developing activities aimed at protecting the environment.
The SAQ's single shareholder is the Deputy Premier and Minister of State for the Economy and Finance, and its directors are appointed by the Quebec government. In consultation with senior management, the Board of Directors establishes corporate strategies.
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