Certified General Accountants applaud movement on labour mobility and resolving disputes



    VANCOUVER, July 30 /CNW/ - Canada's Certified General Accountants (CGAs)
congratulate the Council of the Federation for achieving agreement on the
long-standing issues of labour mobility and interprovincial trade. Their
recent agreement at the council's meeting in Quebec City recognizes that
unimpeded labour mobility and an effective dispute resolution mechanism are
vital to Canada's economic growth.
    "This agreement demonstrates leadership and vision on the part of the
premiers and will contribute to improved Canadian productivity and
competitiveness," said Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO of the Certified
General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). "We look forward to
working with governments in realizing the objectives agreed to in Quebec
City."
    Amendments to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), expected by 
January 1, will lead to full labour mobility for workers and professionals,
except where protection of public health or safety justify barriers. They will
also provide for an effective dispute resolution mechanism, including monetary
penalties.
    CGA-Canada has advocated for improved internal trade and labour mobility
for many years and has gained first-hand experience in the severe deficiencies
of the existing AIT's dispute resolution mechanism. The association was joined
recently by nine other leading business, industry and professional
associations to form a coalition to advocate for improved interprovincial
trade and mobility.
    The association cautions, however, that there remain outstanding issues
that concern Canada's CGAs. For example, despite legislation to remove
monopolies to public accounting in some provinces, realization of that
objective nationally has progressed slowly.
    "The intention of the council's agreement is admirable, but we must
ensure that new barriers to labour mobility are not introduced in the
process," said Ariganello. "There still remains the opportunity for special
interests to erect barriers that are not in the public interest."
    Under the agreement, mutual recognition of occupational credentials
between all provinces and territories is to be achieved by next summer's
meeting of the council.

    About CGA-Canada

    CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada. The CGA
designation focuses on integrity, ethics and the highest education
requirements. Recognized as the country's accounting business leaders, CGAs
provide strategic counsel, financial leadership, and overall direction to all
sectors of the Canadian economy.
    The Association sets standards, develops education programs, publishes
professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally. The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada represents 68,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the
Caribbean, Hong Kong and China.





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For further information: Taylore Ashlie, Director, Communications,
CGA-Canada, Telephone: (604) 605-5055, Cell: (604) 307-0212, Email:
tashlie@cga-canada.org

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