TILMA: Saskatchewan officially says "NO" to reckless, destructive BC-Alberta trade agreement
Government Relations Minister Harry Van Mulligen announced today that
The announcement came in response to a report from the Standing Committee on the Economy, which conducted public consultations to determine the state of internal trade in
The Standing Committee's report confirmed what several previous surveys and reports have said: that the most important internal trade problem identified by Saskatchewan's business community is the existence of ‘nuisance' or non-policy-related differences in regulations and standards between provinces that are costly to comply with and that can create economic inefficiencies that make firms less productive and competitive.
To address those regulatory issues that the Committee identified as important to
The joint working groups will focus on the following areas; Transportation, Corporate Registration, Financial Services, Renewable Energies, Agriculture and Labour Mobility. The specific mandates, structures and compositions of these joint working groups will be developed and announced in the coming weeks. They will be required to report progress to Cabinet and the public on a regular basis.
In addition, Saskatchewan will seek to improve the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) by enhancing its dispute resolution process, ensuring full labour mobility of regulated professions and trades, adding a new energy chapter, addressing ‘nuisance' differences in regulations and standards in priority sectors and by expanding the scope of its coverage incrementally. The province will also explore new opportunities for trade collaboration with neighbouring provinces and
"We are certain that the changes we make to improve internal trade will ensure
For more information on internal trade in the province, go to www.gr.gov.sk.ca/internaltrade.htm.
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