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SCC Rules That Provinces Can’t Restrict or Limit Interprovincial Flow of Goods

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its judgment in R. v. Comeau, 2018 SCC 15.  The decision confirmed that the Province of New Brunswick has the power to enact laws which prevent its residents from bringing large quantities of cheap alcohol into the province from Quebec.  The Court held that the primary purpose of the New Brunswick regulatory scheme is not to restrict trade across a provincial boundary but to enable public supervision of the production, movement, sale and use of alcohol within New Brunswick.  However, more importantly, the Court held that the Constitution Act, prohibited laws whose primary purpose was to restrict or limit the free flow of goods across the country.
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