Canadians Back Free Movement of Booze

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Gerard Comeau decided to contest a CAN$300 fine for bringing legally purchased beer and spirits from one Canadian province to another. Five years later, the Canadian Supreme Court is reassessing the case, and the decision could set the stage for all internal trade barriers to come to an end.

Comeau already won his case before the court of New Brunswick, alleging that transporting goods all over the country is a constitutional right. Section 121 of the Canadian Constitution provides that « All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces » to foster integration and trade throughout the country.

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