A simple fact rules liquor sales: competition reduces prices

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As the National Post has reported, in October 2012, Gérard Comeau, a New Brunswick man, was arrested for returning from Quebec with cheaper beer. Unbeknownst to Comeau, a provincial law implemented during Prohibition forbade importing more than one bottle of wine or 12 pints of beer (approximately 19 bottles of 355ml) into New Brunswick from any other province. Naturally, Comeau plans to challenge the arrest and seek justice for what he, along with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), regard as a violation of the Constitution — section 121 of which guarantees the free trade of “manufactured” goods across provincial borders.

But while Comeau is right to challenge his arrest, missing from the conversation entirely is the reason Comeau opted to travel to Quebec to buy beer in the first place.

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