Manitoba premier asks colleagues to cut restrictions on inter-provincial booze
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is asking his colleagues to eliminate restrictions on interprovincial booze runs.
In advance of next week's premiers meeting in New Brunswick, Pallister has written a letter to other provincial leaders outlining his priorities.
In the letter obtained by The Canadian Press, Pallister says the provinces should remove their limits on interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.
He says the idea has broad public support, and would show progress in the effort to reduce inter-provincial barriers on other items.
In April, the Supreme Court upheld a New Brunswick law that fined a man $240 for bringing home a trunk load of beer and liquor from Quebec.
The high court said provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose, which in New Brunswick's case was the desire to control the supply of alcohol within the province.