(Janyce McGregor – CBC News)
It could be months before Canadians learn what’s really in — and more importantly, out of — the interprovincial free trade deal Canada’s premiers announced in Whitehorse last Friday.
Not only is the Canada Free Trade Agreement not finished, but at least one hard-fought-for section has to be temporary to avoid contradicting previously agreed-to international trade rules. [...]
The most important part of the agreement — the “negative list” of what goods and services are excluded — remains a mystery.
Meanwhile, inconsistent regulations across provinces for everything from corporate registration to transportation safety remain. The agreement doesn’t actually fix those, but provides a “mechanism to harmonize and reconcile” specific rules. Click here to read more.