MONTREAL, June 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération des chambres de
commerce du Québec (FCCQ) took part today in the Internal Trade
Symposium in Ottawa, where various academics from Canada and the United
States, who had been mandated to examine the problematic aspects of our
internal trade, presented their vision of the future with respect to
the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers to a forum of
business leaders and provincial stakeholders from across Canada.
The FCCQ supports this initiative and wishes to see the prompt
establishment of long-term objectives that would ensure real
improvements for Canadian businesses. "Businesses must benefit from
advantageous and facilitating business conditions that promote
competitiveness, for both internal trade and on the global market. We
fully support the implementation of a large-scale commercial program
that can increase the trade capacity of businesses in the various
provinces and enhance work force mobility," declared Françoise
Bertrand, CEO of the FCCQ.
Moreover, this program should follow examples set in other countries,
such as Switzerland and Australia, whose programs have been tried and
tested, rather than re-inventing the wheel. Specifically, the program
must reduce bureaucracy and align regulations, by standardizing
internal and international trade. Also, it must simplify the
registration of businesses and their capacity to hire resources.
"New internal trade rules could have positive effects on both
competition and the growth of our businesses, which will have
significant economic impacts on all Canadians. Whether they are in
Québec, Manitoba or British Columbia, businesses will be able to make
the most of the liberalization of our internal trade rules, which will
also have a positive effect on their capacity to hire qualified
resources and develop new business opportunities," Ms. Bertrand
The FCCQ, in conjunction with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has
already supported the free trade agreement between Ontario and Québec.
Thus, the FCCQ will closely follow the work of the Committee on
Internal Trade established by Industry Minister Christian Paradis.
About the FCCQ
With its wide network of more than 150 chambers of commerce and 1200
businesses, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)
represents more than 60,000 businesses and 150,000 business people
involved in all sectors of the economy throughout Québec.
As the largest network of business people and businesses in Québec, the
FCCQ strongly supports its members' interests in matters of public
policy, thus promoting an innovative and competitive business
SOURCE: Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
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