Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inter-Provincial Trade: BC, AB, and SK

BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan wanted to form the largest barrier-free trading block in Canada.  They almost made it.

They got together to expand and enhance the Canada-wide agreement we previously discussed (see Blog AIT To the Rescue! ).

They built a nice website for the New West Partnership Trade Agreement:

They negotiated and ratified a new trade agreement between their 3 provinces.

Then they choked.

Under Part V of the Agreement, Section K for AB, Section N  for BC, and Section P for SK, each province opted out of free trade from poultry, eggs, and dairy.

We want free trade and co-operation for most things,  but Whooooa! Hold it right there, SM is sacred.  No free trade for SM products.

The lobbyists for SM won again.

Better luck next time, Canadians.

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