Since this year’s federal election, Canadians have been engaging in important discussions regarding intergovernmental relations. Perhaps unexpectedly, these discussions tie into recent work done by the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Canada is a diverse country with an excellent reputation for the food we produce; each province has wonderful agricultural products to brag about— Alberta beef, Saskatchewan canola, and PEI potatoes, to name a few. However, for decades, Canada’s interprovincial trade has been impeded. Why can we go to the liquor store in Prince Edward Island and buy wines from France, Australia, and South Africa, but not from Nova Scotia? Our current system is mired in inconsistent regulations that keep the provinces from being able to trade easily and freely, as was intended at the time of Confederation.
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