CGA-Canada welcomes enforcement of trade dispute decisions

Though interprovincial trade challenge process still too onerous for individuals

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," Ariganello said.

About CGA-Canada

Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada serves 75,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and more than 90 countries. Respected accounting and financial management professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public practice. CGA-Canada establishes the designation's certification requirements and professional standards, offers professional development, conducts research and advocacy, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally.

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