In February 2019, the four provinces reached an agreement to establish a single dispute resolution procedure for contracting under several trade agreements, including NWPTA, CFTA and CETA. This dispute resolution procedure, known as the Bid Protest Mechanism, applies to any trade agreement and allows the four provinces to meet their obligations under all domestic and international trade agreements by streamlining the process to deal more effectively with contracting issues. In a press release issued on November 9, 2019 after Premier Kenny`s speech at the Manning Centre “What`s Next?” At the conference, the Alberta government highlighted a number of pressing issues, including the need to insist on a Charter of Economic Rights to strengthen economic union by removing inter-provincial trade barriers. This is similar to what was proposed in a December 2018 opinion by Prime Minister Pallister and published in the Financial Post. The notice proposed a “great agreement” between the Government of Canada and the PTs on trade and health care and health care. The “Charter of Economic Rights could clarify the vital rights of Canadians to sell their goods and services and to practice their business and professions in all regions of Canada,” which would “accept” PTs. In return, the Canadian government would “ensure that the provinces have sources of revenue that correspond to their own control, which is consistent with their health missions.” This proposed “big deal” was repeated in a press release by Prime Minister Pallister on February 26, 2019. For feedback and general questions about the role of the Government of Alberta in these national and international trade agreements, please contact the Trade Policy Office. The NWPTA, which came into force in 2010, is a trade agreement between the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. NWPTA: On December 13, 2018, following the Prime Minister`s meeting in Montreal, Prime Minister Pallister issued a press release calling for decisive action by the federal government to reduce internal trade barriers. Manitoba also noted its request to the federal government to remove existing barriers to environmental impact assessment (Bill C-69) and amendments to the Fisheries Act (Bill-68), to reduce federal exceptions to the CFTA (mainly in public procurement), meat inspections for processing and sale , new rules for food inspection in accordance with the Safe Food For Canadians Act and harmonization of energy efficiency standards for household appliances. Last year, Prime Ministers took accelerated steps to pass the regulatory vote. Premiers recognize that the direction of regulatory approaches across the Federation is beneficial to the economy and economic growth.
Premiers are pleased to unveil several reconciliation agreements that will harmonize regulatory approaches and reduce the regulatory burden for companies operating in multiple jurisdictions. Other priority areas for reconciliation and regulatory cooperation are being developed in 2019 and beyond (see context). In 2018, Ontario also changed the rules to allow beer and wine to be sold in grocery stores.