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New Brunswick man takes constitutional fight over beer rights to court

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — A New Brunswick man will take his fight over the right to buy his beer in Quebec to court today.

Gerard Comeau will be in a Campbellton court for the start of a four-day hearing, after being charged with illegally importing alcohol into his home province in 2012.

Police stopped Comeau with 12 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor, which he bought in Point-a-la-Croix, Que., across the river from Campbellton.

Constitutional lawyer Arnold Schwisberg will argue against Section 134 of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act, which limits individuals to 12 bottles of beer purchased outside the province.

Schwisberg contends that Section 121 of the Constitution Act says goods should be admitted free into the provinces.

Comeau is also supported by the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which believes the case will eventually result in a challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Canadian Press

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