08/26/2015 08:22 EDT | Updated 08/26/2016 05:59 EDT

N.B. Liquor Warns It Could Go Out Of Business If It Loses Court Battle

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CAMPBELLTON, N.B. — A hearing over a New Brunswick man's bid to bring beer home from Quebec continues in court today.

Gerard Comeau of Tracadie launched a constitutional challenge after he was charged with illegally importing alcohol into New Brunswick from neighbouring Quebec.

He was caught with 12 cases of a dozen bottles of beer and three bottles of liquor that he had bought in nearby Pointe-a-la-Croix.  

The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation told court Tuesday that it could go out of business if Comeau successfully argues he has the right to buy beer in Quebec.

Richard Smith told the hearing that the provincial Liquor Control Act limits anyone from having more than 12 pints of beer not sold by a provincially licensed liquor outlet.

Smith says that without that legislation, there would be nothing to prevent the direct sale of liquor to consumers by producers.

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