MLI authors Brian Lee Crowley, Robert Knox and John Robson continue to make waves with their call for an Economic Charter of Rights for Canadians. The Windsor Star is the latest Canadian newspaper to agree with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s call for federal action on domestic trade barriers. In an editorial today, they comment on MLI’s recently-released Citizen of One, Citizen of the Whole study:
So far, only three provinces — Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan — have moved to sign agreements to encourage more trade, investment and mobility.
As a result, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute — a non-partisan think-tank — is calling on Ottawa to use its constitutional authority to get rid of the barriers through an Economic Charter of Rights and then set up a commission that would deal with non-compliance.
As the Macdonald-Laurier Institute points out, Ottawa has the moral authority and power to get rid of interprovincial trade barriers. What it really needs is the courage to dismantle them.