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Tear Down These Walls: Dismantling Canada’s Internal Trade Barriers

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Top 10 weirdest barriers to trade
1. TRAFFIC JAM - Part I: Some truck configurations must be driven at night in British Columbia — and only during the day in neighbouring Alberta. Insomniacs rejoice.
2. TRAFFIC JAM - Part II: Some provinces impose limits on the use of high-tech fuel-efficient tires so truckers have to swap them out at the border. Pit crews not included.
3. THE GRAPES OF WRATH: Only British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia allow direct-to-consumer wine shipments. Meanwhile, provincial liquor outlets charge high markups.
4. THE CHEESE POLICE: Quebec’s delicious array of unpasteurized cheeses can’t be shipped outside of the province. Un-brie-lievable.
5. AN ALE-ING SYSTEM: Beer bottle size standards differ across jurisdictions, forcing some brewers to spend money on parallel production systems if they want to sell to other parts of the country.
6. SIZE DOES MATTER: The size of dairy creamers and milk containers differs across jurisdictions, forcing some companies to duplicate production streams.
7. CARBON OMISSIONS:British Columbia and Alberta have a carbon tax while Quebec and Ontario — and soon Manitoba — have a cap-and-trade system, making it more costly to operate in more than one jurisdiction.
8. PAPERS PLEASE: Companies often have to register in everyprovince or territory in which they do business.
9. A STICKY SITUATION: Provincial, territorial and federal standards for maple syrup grades differ. That’s not so sweet.
10. ORGANIC FEUD:Organic food standards are different across Canada, therefore limiting access to certain markets. Kale still tastes the same.

Senators who participated in this study

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David Tkachuk
C — Saskatchewan

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Deputy Chair
Joseph A. Day
Lib — Saint John– Kennebecasis, New Brunswick

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Douglas Black, Q.C.
C - Alberta

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Larry W. Campbell
Non-affiliated — British Columbia

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Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
C — Ontario

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Stephen Greene
C - Halifax - The Citadel - Nova Scotia

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Paul J. Massicotte
Lib — De Lanaudière, Quebec

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Pierrette Ringuette
Non-affiliated — New Brunswick

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Larry W. Smith
C — Saurel, Quebec

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Scott Tannas
C — Alberta

Ex-officio members of the committee:
The Honourable Senators Peter Harder, P.C. (or Diane Bellemare), and Claude Carignan, P.C. (or Yonah Martin)

Former Committee members who have participated in this study:
The Honourable Senators Bellemare, Doyle, Hervieux-Payette, P.C.*, MacDonald and Patterson

Other Senator who has participated in this study:
The Honourable Senator Pamela Wallin

Contact information

General Information:
613-990-0088 or 1-800-267-7362


Mailing Address:
Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1A 0A4