Strengthening our national economy through free internal trade
September 9, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore today addressed the Alberta Enterprise Group's Forging Partnerships conference about the Harper Government's commitment to breaking down internal trade barriers that harm the national economy and hurt Canadian businesses, workers and consumers.
During his address, Minister Moore outlined One Canada, One National Economy: Modernizing Internal Trade in Canada, the federal proposal to update the current Agreement on Internal Trade. It was developed following Minister Moore's recent national dialogue with Canadian businesses, workers and consumers, during which he heard first-hand how these barriers impede trade and deter competition in our national economy.
Minister Moore also met with his counterpart from the Province of Alberta to discuss regional internal trade issues such as credential recognition across provinces, which is an issue for apprentices because training programs are not consistently aligned across all the provinces and territories.
At the Council of the Federation meeting, the premiers agreed to the comprehensive renewal of the Agreement on Internal Trade. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories to reform the Agreement, bringing it in line with the current global economic reality.
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Office of the Minister of Industry