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    Please join us for our Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, 5:00pm, Thursday, October 24th at Station 20 West. (1120 20th St. West) Courtney Carlberg, author of Saskatchewan's Failing Report Card on Child Care, will discuss why Saskatchewan ranks the lowest for overall quality and rates of access to regulated child care in the country and […]
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    The co-directors of the Corporate Mapping Project—CCPA-BC Director Shannon Daub and the University of Victoria’s William Carroll—are being celebrated in Victoria today as they accept a REACH Award for Excellence in Research. The REACH Awards recognize “research excellence” as demonstrated through scholarly contributions and societal impact. Since the inception of the Corporate Mapping Project, Shannon […]
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    On June 29, 2019, the federal government launched a public consultation on initiatives intended to "modernize" the Canadian regulatory system. Interested Canadians were invited to provide input on four current initiatives: Targeted Regulatory Reviews (Round 2) Review of the Red Tape Reduction Act Exploring options to legislate changes to regulator mandates Suggestions for the next […]
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  • Join us in November for the 2019 CCPA-BC Gala, featuring Nancy MacLean September 3, 2019
    Tickets are available for our 2019 Annual Gala Fundraiser, which will take place in Vancouver on November 21. This year’s featured speaker will be Nancy MacLean, an award-winning historian and author whose talk, The rise of the radical right: How libertarian intellectuals, billionaires and white supremacists shaped today’s politics, is very timely both in the US and here in […]
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Randy Burton on TILMA

Hopefully, the radio interview that I just did with Saskatoon’s News Talk 650 will help to counteract Randy Burton’s column in today’s StarPhoenix. Burton claims:

There is one overarching reason why we should be cautious about accepting the predictions of doom that await Saskatchewan if it joins a trade agreement with Alberta and B.C.

The people who tell us less restrictive trade with other provinces will kill democracy in Saskatchewan are the same people who told us free trade with the U.S. would mean the end of Canada as we know it.

The Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and various labour groups were unanimous then and they’re just as convinced now.

. . .

The Conference Board of Canada has concluded that TILMA would increase Saskatchewan’s GDP by $291 million, and increase annual employment by 4,400 person years. In other words, signing the agreement could cause economic growth that exceeds our average annual increase in employment.

University of Saskatchewan economist Eric Howe was contracted by the government to examine this study and he concluded the Conference Board might be underestimating the benefit.

Nor should we believe that we can avoid the process of reducing trade barriers, he argues.

There are at least three serious problems with Burton’s column:

First, rather than addressing the arguments against TILMA, he simply pooh-poohs the people making them. In fact, the experience of NAFTA’s dispute-settlement process reinforces the concerns now being raised about TILMA’s similar dispute-settlement process.

Second, Burton provides no examples of inter-provincial “trade barriers” that should be reduced.

Third, he touts Eric Howe’s perspective without mentioning that John Helliwell also reviewed the Conference Board’s study for the provincial government and came to the opposite conclusion. (My take on the Conference Board, Howe and Helliwell is now available on the CLC’s website.)

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