OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - In advance of the annual meeting of the
Committee on Internal Trade (CIT), a group of seven Canadian businesses
and professional associations calls on Canadian governments to extend
to each other the same benefits provided to Canada's free trade
Businesses and Canadian consumers are negatively impacted by internal
trade barriers and the organizations question whether the Agreement on
Internal Trade (AIT) is still the most appropriate tool for
strengthening our economic competitiveness. In a letter to the CIT, the associations note that the reach and impact of the Comprehensive
Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union will
largely benefit Canada. However, within Canada, the internal free trade
agreement is much less ambitious.
The organizations note that the CETA agreement provides a template for
improving internal trade in areas such as technical barriers to trade.
The Canadian consumer market is small and dispersed over a vast
geographic area. It doesn't make any sense to divide that market into
fragments, each protected by meaningless regulatory barriers to trade.
The organizations call on all levels of government to extend the same
commitments to each other as they do to foreign governments under our
most ambitious free trade agreement.
The Committee on Internal Trade meets on December 12. The Committee is
comprised of federal, provincial and territorial Ministers who are
responsible for overseeing the AIT.
Signatories to the letter include the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the
Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, the Certified General
Accountants Association of Canada, and the Vegetable Oil Industry of
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SOURCE: Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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