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Interprovincial Trade

Interprovincial Trade

Interprovincial Trade

Interprovincial Trade

Published on 27 May 2014
Your Question Period by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (retired)

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Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette:

Honourable senators, my question is from Ian Shepherd in Vancouver, and I feel it is quite relevant at this point in time. I would like to read it in the language in which it was written.

Why does our federal government allow interprovincial trade barriers to block economic activity?


I will conclude with something else from Mr. Shepherd.

What will the national government do now to open up this country and do away with outdated, parochial, regional, competition-destroying provincial laws and regulations that only serve special interests, and when will our federation’s markets be open for business to all Canadians everywhere?

Instead of dreaming about international agreements, perhaps we should be working on national agreements and eliminating the hundreds of barriers that still exist within Canada.


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