Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley spoke to Global News about the federal government’s newly-released proposal for breaking down internal trade barriers between the provinces.
The plan, titled One Canada, One National Economy, calls for either reforming the Agreement on Internal Trade so it liberates the flow of more goods and services within Canada or scrapping the agreement altogether and replacing it with a more effective document.
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has for a long time underlined the agreement’s shortcomings.
Crowley said he welcomes the government’s plan to fix the document.
“One Canada, One National Economy describes important steps we could take to free Canadians from the many absurd barriers that prevent them from earning their living and selling their goods and services wherever they wish”, said Crowley in a government press release.
MLI has in the past advocated for the government to implement a charter of economic rights, including in 2010 with the release of “Citizen of One, Citizen of the Whole”.
This, says Crowley, would compel the premiers to draw down the barriers that prevent the flow of trade between the provinces.