Thursday, June 24, 2010

InterProvincial trade barriers

 I am a firm believer in free trade. Unfortunately in  Canada we have many barriers to trade between provinces. That is just wrong. A great new paper out from my friends at the Macdonald Laurier Institute discusses this issue.
What a great organization. I think HM Government should really take a look at this work.
The Tories have recently passed free trade with Columbia as well as several other international free trade deals. That is great news. We should take steps to make trade much freer between the provonces. Brian Lilley reports that these silly barriers cost us billions annually.

If Canada is our common home, why are so many doors locked inside it? The federal government has the legal power and moral duty to ensure that there are no restrictions and impediments to the free movement of people, goods, services and investment in Canada. Not only are these barriers costly and impair the efficiency of the Canadian marketplace, but they interfere with and erode the basic rights of Canadians. Establishing that Canadians have a right to move, work and do business anywhere in Canada would be the much-delayed fulfilment of our founders’ dream of a great nation and of the deal they struck in 1867.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is often unions, professional organizations (credentialists) and differences in regulations that cause problems. You'd think this stuff could have been worked out in the past 40 years. Before that, there were fewer problems.