Ontario, Saskatchewan premiers vow to reduce provincial trade barriers


TORONTO — The premiers of Ontario and Saskatchewan say they are working together to reduce trade barriers between their provinces.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Saskatchewan counterpart Scott Moe say they have signed a memorandum of understanding on the issue.

The two premiers made the announcement at a joint news conference in Toronto.

Ford says that Canada has focused on free trade with the United States at the expense of internal trade.

The two leaders are already joined in the opposition to Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan for provinces that don’t have their own system in place by next year.

Both provinces have launched legal challenges to the federal plan and are intervening in each other’s cases.

The premiers say tackling interprovincial trade barriers is key to ensure Canada stays economically competitive.

“I hear from business leaders that this is one of the primary obstacles to attracting new investment and jobs to our country. We can’t afford not to act,” Ford said.

“I look forward to working with other provinces to bring these trade barriers down.”

The Canadian Press