Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about. According to their line of thinking, which is fuelled by letters from a list of business lobby groups, interprovincial trade is hampered by barriers too numerous to count.
Kayle Hatt is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, conducting research on a range of economic and labour market issues. He is also currently an MA candidate in Public Administration at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton.
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