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Canadians eagerly await a more open domestic market

29-08-2014

Canadian Premiers met in Charlottetown this week to discuss the many challenges facing the Canadian economy. Issues such as greater investment in infrastructure, energy and the environment and labour issues were discussed. The most critical issue on the table was the need to remove internal barriers that divide Canada’s national market into small provincial blocks in some industries.

Today, the Premiers promised to correct the situation. If they mean what they say, it’s very good news. For years, Canadian businesses have struggled to navigate the complex system of differing rules, regulations and standards. These minor differences increase costs, reduce our efficiency and warn foreign investors away from our country.

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Canadians eagerly await a more open domestic market

Ottawa, August 29, 2014 – Canadian Premiers met in Charlottetown this week to discuss the many challenges facing the Canadian economy. Issues such as greater investment in infrastructure, energy and the environment and labour issues were discussed. The most critical issue on the table was the need to remove internal barriers that divide Canada’s national market into small provincial blocks in some industries.

The agreement currently governing Canada’s internal market – the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) – was concluded in 1994 after NAFTA was signed. Since then, it’s been amended 13 times, but the process of eliminating barriers continues to be terribly slow.

Posted on 29-08-2014

Final text brings CETA closer to fruition

Ottawa, Aug. 5, 2014 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes news that Canada and the European Union have now completed the final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This latest milestone follows an agreement-in-principle announced in October last year.

Posted on 05-08-2014

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