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Free my grapes: Dismantling Canada’s interprovincial barriers to trade

By Dan Paszkowski, Michel Kelly-Gagnon      

'There is no good reason to section off the country into distinct markets with limited access to a full selection of goods and services, while there are many good reasons—tens of billions of them—to bring down provincial trade barriers.'

The Canadian Vintners Association is calling for the creation of an 'acceptable interprovincial direct-to-consumer wine delivery system across Canada.' Hill Times file photograph

In June 2016, the Senate of Canada released a report entitled “Tear Down These Walls: Dismantling Canada’s Internal Trade Barriers,” which called upon federal and provincial/territorial governments to take priority action on removing internal barriers to trade. The Senate views this call to action as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for growth and prosperity throughout Canada. Senators argued that it was time to act, but while almost two years have passed, and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) has been finalized, it has not removed all internal trade barriers.

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