I was reading the interesting web page Are You Old Enough?, on the Province of PEI’s website when I came across this passage in a section about alcohol:
If you are under 19, a parent or spouse can give you an alcoholic drink like a glass of wine with Christmas dinner.
I was curious to find the legislative backstop for this statement, and so scoured the Liquor Control Act, where I found what I was looking for.
Section 40 starts off with a blanket ban on supplying liquor to those under 19 years old:
No person shall knowingly sell, give or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of nineteen years…
Later, however, there is section 40.6, Exception re minors:
This section does not apply in the case of liquor given to a person under the age of nineteen years by his parent, guardian, or spouse for beverage purposes, or administered to him by a medical practitioner or dentist for medical purposes.
This, then, is the “glass of wine with Christmas dinner” exemption.
Once you turn 18, you’re allowed to vote, get married, see explicit movies, get intimate body piercings, and get tattoos.
But you must wait until you’re 19 until you’re allowed to purchase alcohol, buy cigarettes, gamble or buy lottery tickets.
Regardless, it’s nice to find that we’ll be able to have wine with our Christmas dinner this year and not feel like we’re breaking the law by pouring some for Oliver.