It is fun having a giggle at the expense of New Brunswick. It's sort of a cultural requirements for Nova Scotians like me. But this news today seems to be pointed stick to any fun one might find in the beery border war taking place in eastern Canada:
A northern New Brunswick lawyer is challenging New Brunswick's liquor rules that restrict how much alcohol citizens can bring back from other provinces. In October, the RCMP in Campbellton set up road blocks and charged 17 people with illegally importing beer from Quebec. In two weekends, the RCMP seized about 5,000 bottles or cans of beer. Those caught had between six and 45 cases of beer with them. The alcohol was seized and the offenders were handed a $292.50 fine. New Brunswick prohibits people bringing in more than one bottle of wine or hard liquor or 12 pints of beer, approximately 24 bottles or cans, from another province.
Check here to catch up with New Brunswick's beery back story. In a nutshell, as illustrated above they have two lower priced jurisdictions filling the whole of their northern and western borders. Steps have been taken like the government monopoly creating a range of beers that are lower priced but not as low as nearby. No luck. So the police are asked to do their job. And it is their job as moving beer across a provincial boundary is actually not OK in Canada. And most of those charged were, as we say, hauling.
The only thing that really irks me is the idea that you are not offered a way to pay your bill for inter-provincial transit to avoid the offence of crossing the border without paying the proper fee. Maybe that's an argument that legal counsel Mikael Bernard of Balmoral, NB might make in court. Funny, though, how the rather Department of Public Safety wants "to remove barriers for the industry" including "better rules regarding enforcement." Seems like responsible drinking means, in large part, buying what you are told. These are the sorts of thing Nova Scotians notice.
By the way, had a delivery from Quebec myself last week. Lovely stuff. The biere de garde 3 Monts. Just $6.39 a 750 ml. Have to grab more soon.