Premiers Move to Strengthen Trade

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Premiers today agreed on
measures to strengthen Canada's economy through enhanced domestic and
international trade.
    Reaffirming the critical importance of a stronger and more effective
Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), Canada's Premiers today reported on
progress on their five-point plan to strengthen domestic trade between the
provinces and territories.

    - Dispute Resolution: Premiers endorsed a dispute resolution system,
      including a tiered approach to monetary awards for failure to comply
      with a trade panel's ruling, which will ensure full compliance and
      enforceability of Panel rulings under the Agreement on Internal Trade.

    - Labour Mobility: Premiers noted that the Forum of Labour Market
      Ministers has made good progress towards meeting the deadline of
      April 1, 2009 for full compliance with the existing obligations of the
      AIT as a first step. Premiers directed ministers to report to the
      Council with a plan and timelines for strengthening the AIT to achieve
      full labour mobility within Canada.

    - Energy: Progress is being made toward finalizing the Energy chapter of
      the AIT. Premiers have directed ministers to redouble their efforts to
      complete the chapter.

    - Agriculture: Premiers directed their Agriculture Ministers to produce
      text for a revised Agricultural and Food Goods chapter that is national
      in scope and includes the participation of the federal government.

    - Reconciliation of Regulations: Premiers expect progress to be made on
      reconciling regulations for the transport sector and directed ministers
      to complete their work.

    Premiers directed ministers to complete their negotiations to strengthen
the Agreement on Internal Trade for the summer meeting of the Council of the
Federation in Quebec City this July.
    Premiers also discussed the importance of expanding Canada's trade in key
international markets. They called on the federal government to move forward
to complete bilateral agreements. Premiers believe that there is a window of
opportunity for an agreement in the short term for a new economic partnership
with the European Union. Premiers also called on the federal government to
move aggressively on agreements with India and other emerging markets in the
Asia-Pacific region.

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For further information: Media enquiries may be directed to:
Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier of New Brunswick, (506) 444-2286,
(506) 447-9224 (cell),; Loretta O'Connor, Council
of the Federation Secretariat, (613) 563-4066,

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