Mark Hicken has a job to do, and it’s a delicate one: he needs to tell the provincial government what it presumably already knows, and he needs to couch it in terms of revelation. Mr. Hicken is a Vancouver lawyer who specializes in wine law. Attorney General David Eby has retained him to advise the NDP government on liquor policy. He’s to consult with all segments of the industry (outreach, the government calls it), gathering input on their needs, their grievances, their hopes. They are many.