Recently, the New Brunswick attorney general appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in his government’s ongoing persecution of the citizen who got caught with more beer than allowed coming back from Quebec.
New Brunswick’s argument? Beer sales provide the "necessary" revenue to pay for associated social health and welfare issues and if people bought beer outside of N.B., these services would suffer.
Yet, this past summer, the N.B. government cut the price of beer sharply, much to the chagrin of P.E.I. and Nova Scotia who fear cross-border shopping as well as craft beer makers who don’t have the luxury to offer big volume discounts.
Apparently, these days, when elected, politicians have to swear a hypocritical oath.