CGA-Canada applauds federal government's leadership role on internal trade

    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association of
Canada (CGA-Canada) applauds the federal government's proposal to enhance the
Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). In today's meeting of the Committee on
Internal Trade, Industry Minister Maxime Bernier proposed that action be taken
to eliminate barriers to labour mobility within Canada, and that a more
effective dispute resolution mechanism be incorporated into the AIT.
    "We have advocated for these measures for some time in discussions with
senior officials, before parliamentary committees and in our public policy
papers," said Anthony Ariganello, CPA (Delaware), FCGA, President and Chief
Executive Officer of CGA-Canada. "We are delighted the government is taking a
leadership role in promoting full labour mobility for Canadians and
strengthening the dispute resolution mechanism."
    CGA-Canada's most recent policy brief, its fourth publication on the AIT
released earlier this week, argues that it is time for Canadian governments to
move on to a new and more effective approach. Moreover, the Trade Investment
and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), signed by British Columbia and Alberta,
provides a possible model to establish and ensure an open and efficient
domestic market.
    The federal government's proposal is good news in that it looks to TILMA
for guidance and as a model for Canada. TILMA provides for mutual recognition
of occupational qualifications by default and it has a strong dispute
resolution process, with monetary penalties for non-compliance.
    CGA-Canada encourages provincial and territorial governments to support
this proposal which aims to break down barriers to internal trade and labour
    "An open and efficient domestic market is crucial to achieve our full
economic potential in Canada and on the world stage," concluded Ariganello.
    CGA-Canada's reports can be read at

    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:

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