New Brunswick Liquor Law Struck Down

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 19:38 PM

The provincial limit on importing alcohol from another province has been stuck down by a judge in northern Nerw Brunswick.

Gerard Comeau of Tracadie was caught in a police sting and charged back in 2012 for driving to Quebec to buy some beer and then driving back into New Brunswick. Comeau launched a constitutional challenge of the New Brunswick law and went to trial in Campbellton in August 2015.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation has released a statement saying New Brunswick’s excuse for legally forcing its residents to shop at its government liquor stores with inflated prices was that it needed the revenue but that's not a good enough reason to violate the constitution.

Foundation lawyer Derek From says economic liberty and consumer choice won out with the court decision.