Though interprovincial trade challenge process still too onerous for
VANCOUVER, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) welcomes the announcement by the
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Internal Trade (CIT) that
person-to-government dispute decisions under the Agreement on Internal
Trade (AIT) will be enforced.
The CIT recently agreed to toughen the enforcement process for disputes
brought by individuals, businesses and organizations against a
government found in default of its AIT obligation. The changes include
introducing monetary penalties and the removal of dispute-resolution
privileges when a government fails to comply with a decision made by an
independent dispute-resolution panel. These are improvements that
CGA-Canada has long supported and called on governments to implement.
The dispute process allows persons to challenge a government's actions
that appear to be contrary to the AIT.
"With these changes, the AIT will have clout," said Anthony Ariganello,
CGA-Canada's President and CEO. "Now, when a panel rules in favour of
individuals, businesses or organizations who challenge interprovincial
trade barriers, its decision can be enforced."
CGA-Canada urges governments to adopt these tougher enforcement measures
quickly. Next, they need to streamline the person-to-government dispute
process to make it more accessible, less cumbersome and less costly.
"We wish to congratulate the CIT for addressing the enforcement issue
and encourage governments to continue to give weight to the AIT,"
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