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Business Alliance welcomes progress on new internal trade deal

OTTAWA, June 9, 2015 — The Business Alliance welcomed the commitment made by federal, provincial and territorial ministers at their meeting Tuesday to have a renegotiated internal trade deal by March 2016. Reducing internal barriers is necessary to reduce costs on business and encourage business activity in Canada. In their presentation to ministers, the Business Alliance called for an ambitious domestic trade deal that eliminates regulatory barriers to moving all goods, services and labour in Canada, unless there are legitimate reasons not to. Exceptions should be listed publicly. The agreement should enhance regulatory cooperation among jurisdictions, provide for mutual recognition of goods and services and ensure an effective and efficient dispute resolution mechanism. Business stakeholders are part of the solution and the Business Alliance is looking forward to continued positive contribution to the reform process. The Business Alliance is comprised of national organizations representing small-, medium-sized and large businesses in Canada and have been working towards the common goal of strengthening Canada's economic union. Its members include Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Dairy Processors Association of Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Retail Council of Canada.

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