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Politicians, tear down these trade walls

By Dwight Newman      

Elected officials should follow the Constitution on breaking down trade barriers and getting resource products to other provincial and international markets.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is pictured in the House foyer in October. The federal government has the power to regulate matters of international and interprovincial trade if the provinces can’t sort it out, writes Dwight Newman. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Too often, Canadians think of the Constitution as something that only judges work with and use. But that attitude is a recipe for endless anemic failures of policy. The Constitution is not just for the courts, but provides fundamental guidance on the responsibilities of Canadian governments. We need to demand that Canadian governments carry out their constitutional roles.

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