Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free trade

Free trade continues to be valued, as it was at Confederation, both for its economic benefits and its potential to promote Canadian unity

Cross-border beer and the case for in-Canada free tradeWhat will become of the New Brunswick court case that promised to free the beer, along with other goods traded across provincial borders? In April, provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc ruled that the effective ban on liquor purchased out of province was unconstitutional. His ruling cited Section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867, which requires that goods from…

Canada’s courts create uncertainty on aboriginal rights

Court decisions are undermining the certainty dividend that is supposed to attach to modern land claims agreements

By Malcolm Lavoie University of Alberta and Dwight Newman University of Saskatchewan The past year has seen a lot of Canadians paying attention to aboriginal land rights. From opposition by aboriginal groups to proposed pipeline developments in their traditional territories, to a recent declaration of aboriginal title in British Columbia, to ongoing disputes over modern…