One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada
August 20, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore today unveiled the Harper Government's proposal to work with the provinces and territories in breaking down Canada's internal trade barriers that harm the national economy and hurt Canadian businesses, workers and consumers.
One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada lays out guiding principles for modernizing the current Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Eliminating internal trade barriers would create jobs, boost economic growth and strengthen Canada's internal market by helping to move goods and services more freely across Canada.
Today's proposal is the result of Minister Moore's recent national dialogue with Canadian businesses, workers and consumers. Throughout the summer, Minister Moore heard first-hand how Canada's domestic barriers impede trade and deter competition in our national economy. There is a strong consensus across the country that the current Agreement on Internal Trade does not respond to the realities of a modern, globally integrated economy like Canada's.
The Government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories to reform the Agreement on Internal Trade, bringing it in line with the current global economic reality.
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Office of the Minister of Industry