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Premiers to Talk Trade at Annual Summer Meeting in Charlottetown

Posted August 26, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Susan Lunn – CBC News)

As premiers and territorial leaders gather in Prince Edward Island for their annual summer meeting this week, talk will turn again to barriers to trade that exist between provinces even as the country negotiates more free-trade deals abroad.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is leading the push for fewer internal trade barriers.

Wall lists trade irritants, such as the fact that companies outside Ontario face a 10% premium if they want to bid on procurement in that province.

“What comes from these small protectionist measures is there’s going to be a reaction. And we’re going to have less trade and less free procurement. That just never works economically. It’s been proven,” he told CBC News this week. Read more here.