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Andrew Scheer promises free trade between provinces

If voted to power in the upcoming federal elections, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is promising to eliminate trade barriers among Canada’s provinces.

The Conservative leader made the commitment Tuesday as he outlined his vision for “a stronger and freer federation”—one that is more decentralized and respectful of provincial jurisdiction in contrast to what he labelled as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s divisive, arrogant, top-down, “my-way-or-the-highway federalism.”

Scheer said he’ll appoint an interprovincial-trade minister whose sole mandate would be negotiating a comprehensive, formal free-trade deal with the provinces. And he said he’d convene a first-ministers’ meeting within 100 days devoted to that subject.

It may be recalled that PM Trudeau appointed Dominic LeBlanc to the post of intergovernmental affairs and internal trade minister just a year ago with the expressed purpose of eliminating trade barriers but very few steps were taken.

But Scheer argued that with conservative-minded, “free enterprise, pro-trade” premiers now ensconced in seven provinces, Canada has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity … to fix this economic injustice once and for all.” -CINEWS


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