In editorials today, the Sun newspaper in Ottawa and Toronto highlight this week's release of the Macdonald-Laurier study Citizen of One, Citizen of the Whole, while calling for freer trade within Canada.
Citing MLI's Managing Editor, John Robson, and co-author of the study, Robert Knox, they agree with our interpretation of the current state of affairs:
Inter-provincial trade wars are petty, preventing, for example, bottles of wine and coffee cream cartons from being shipped across provincial borders due to different bureaucratic standards.
Similarly, skilled trades and professionals are prevented from moving from one province to another because of silly rules.
For heaven's sake, a hairdresser can't pull up her roots (pardon the pun) in one part of Canada and move to another, without being tested.
While Sun Media may not agree with everything laid out by authors Brian Lee Crowley, Bob Knox and John Robson ("...we're not sold — yet —", they say, on the need for a federal Charter of Economic Rights and an Economic Freedom Commission), they certainly echo a main thrust of Citizen of One when they assert:
Enough talk. It's time to walk the walk.
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