A groundbreaking court decision could change the way Canadians buy beverage alcohol.

An individual was charged with bringing more than the permitted amount of alcohol from Quebec into New Brunswick. Rather than pay the fines, he launched a constitutional challenge. The ruling came down last week, with the judge dismissing all charges.

Although the case was tried in New Brunswick, it could have an impact across the country as the possibility of more interprovincial beverage alcohol trade opens up.

Restaurants Canada will continue to watch this case, as the government of New Brunswick is expected to appeal the decision. In the meantime, it’s important to note that the case pertained to the purchase of alcohol for personal use. Any possible impact on buying alcohol for commercial use is still to be determined.

Read the news coverage here: New Brunswick judge throws out cross-border booze limits


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