A New Brunswick judge has thrown out limits on cross-border beer sales, in a case that could have implications on cross-border trade in Canada.
The justice threw out all charges Friday against Gerard Comeau, who had been charged with illegally importing the 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012.
Legislation in New Brunswick prohibits anyone from having more than 12 pints of beer that wasn’t purchased through a liquor store in the province.
Comeau’s liquor was seized and he was fined $292.50.
His lawyers challenged the provincial laws as unconstitutional, arguing the Constitution says anything produced in one province shall be admitted free into the other provinces.
The prosecution suggests a lot as changed in Canada since the Constitution was written in 1867.
Comeau’s lawyer, Mikael Bernard believes the ruling could be a benchmark for other provinces.