July 9, 2014 2:53 pm

Three western premiers want overhaul of internal trade deal with all provinces

The three premiers argue it's time to remove trade barriers, reduce the costs of doing business across Canada and help provincial economies grow.

Brent McGillivray / Global News

REGINA – The leaders of three western provinces want to overhaul an agreement on internal trade.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Alberta Premier Dave Hancock and B.C. Premier Christy Clark have sent a letter to other premiers saying it’s time for a more modern approach.

They say the current agreement on internal trade allows anti-free trade behaviour which puts the country on a slippery slope to protectionism.

The three premiers argue it’s time to remove trade barriers, reduce the costs of doing business across Canada and help provincial economies grow.

They also say a new agreement should include strong enforcement mechanisms with the teeth to make sure that everyone plays by the rules.

Wall, Hancock and Clark say they want to see a commitment when all the premiers meet in Charlottetown in August.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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