Highlights importance of open and efficient domestic trade for Canadian businesses, workers and consumers
August 8, 2014 – St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore was in St. John's today as part of a national tour to engage businesses, consumers and everyday Canadians on the government's plans to break down the barriers to trade within Canada that harm the national economy and hurt Canadian businesses, workers and consumers.
In a roundtable discussion with business leaders at Quidi Vidi Brewing Company Limited, Minister Moore championed Canada as a free-trading nation yet described how progress on trade within Canada has not kept up with the success of our international trade agreements. The Minister reinforced that it should not be easier to trade with our international partners than within our own borders. In particular, he highlighted the Harper Government's plans to work with the provinces and territories to consider reforms to the Agreement on Internal Trade to bring it in line with the current global economic reality. Eliminating barriers to internal trade and reducing red tape mean that goods and services could more easily move across Canada, creating jobs and boosting economic growth.
During the Minister's tour of St. John's–based Quidi Vidi Brewing Company, he heard first-hand about the challenges it faces with provincial regulations and marketing its products in other provinces.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Industry