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Modernization of domestic trade tour kicks off with roundtable

Published by Brad Fougere on June 18, 2014

The first roundtable in a two-week consutation by Industry Canada leading to the modernization of the Agreement on Internal Trade was held in Ottawa on June 18. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) were joined by, amongst others, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Food Processors of Canada in voicing their support for the moderization.

"Canadian manufacturers and exporters rely heavily on the flow of goods and people across Canada to grow. In the last decade, and especially during the most recent U.S. recession, trade among provinces has been more intense than Canada–U.S. trade," said CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. "Interprovincial trade can become an important source of growth for the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as sustained economic growth for the natural resources sector in the Prairies and in Western Canada." 

The original agreement was signed nearly 20 years ago in a very different trade environment for Canada with just five international free trade agreements. Today, however, with 36 agreements in place or in principle, a very different environment exists. It is one where internal trade barriers cannot continue. For their part, the government implimented a internal trade indicator and will continue to meet with provinces, business and citizens over the next two weeks to work toward open domestic trade.

"Canada's Agreement on Internal Trade is an important feature of our national economy and ensures provinces respect common rules and harmonize their regulations in areas such as government procurement systems, labour standards, consumer protection measures, environmental regulations and taxes," Myers said.

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