Appeal of cross-border beer case in front of Supreme Court

New Brunswick prosecutors are in front of the Supreme Court of Canada today appealing the acquittal of a Tracadie man who was charged with bringing liquor purchased in Quebec into New Brunswick five years ago.

A Provincial-Court judge said in his earlier ruling that the legal limit of 12 pints of beer or one bottle of wine or spirits was unconstitutional.

A number of submissions will be heard from small wineries, beer companies, consumer organizations and even a marijuana advocacy group.

Montreal Economic Institute CEO Michel Kelly-Gordon tells CBC the court's decision could radically reform Canada's economy and that many other trade barriers could disappear as a results.

Two days have been set aside for the hearing.

(with files from CBC)