Support Gérard Comeau and Your Constitutional Rights at the Supreme Court
Laws restricting trade and transport of wine, beer and spirits across provincial lines are bad for business and consumers. But did you know that they are also unconstitutional?
For more than a year, the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has been defending Gérard Comeau, who was fined for bringing legally-purchased beer and spirits from Quebec back to his home in New Brunswick.
In April of this year, a New Brunswick trial court overturned almost a century of bad Canadian case law, throwing out Mr Comeau’s fine and striking a serious blow to provincial restrictions on the free movement of alcohol within Canada.
R. v. Comeau was a landmark decision, and it has justly received considerable media attention. On May 4, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it will hear an appeal on this important case. The case is scheduled to be heard on December 6th and 7th, 2017. The goal for us now is to have that provincial trial court decision affirmed by the Supreme Court.
Now the Comeau decision is vulnerable
The New Brunswick Government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn Mr Comeau's victory and we expect most, if not all, of the other provinces to line up alongside them against us.
We at the CCF have never shied away from challenging Goliaths, and we are fully prepared to face down this one too.
But we can’t do it alone. Our lawyers have already sacrificed hundreds of billable hours of and we at the CCF are committed to continuing to ensure that Mr. Comeau does not have to bear the cost of his constitutional challenge on behalf of all Canadians.
We need to raise funds to see this case through the Supreme Court
With so many businesses and individuals who stand to benefit from more open trade in Canada, this shouldn’t be a big request. Especially as establishing this precedent in the Supreme Court of Canada will do more to shake up the restrictive interprovincial trade system than a decade of Premiers’ meetings.
Let's send a message to the Court of Appeal that alcohol is no different
If you are an individual, please consider donating $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can to this important lawsuit.
If you are a winery, brewery, distillery, importer, bar, or restaurant, please consider giving $250, $500, $1,000 or more.
We will ensure that all donations submitted through this website are applied directly to the costs of the Comeau case. We can also keep your donation anonymous, if you wish. And, best of all, as a registered charity, the CCF will issue you a tax receipt for all donations of $25 or more.
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Thank you, in advance, for your generosity and for your support of constitutional freedom!