G) TRADE

42. International Trade

The Conservative Party of Canada strongly supports international trade initiatives that will generate increased economic activity, jobs, and a greater understanding and collaborative relationship between emerging economies and our democratic, streamlined regulatory, free enterprise approach to governance.

The Conservative Party believes that the government is responsible for taking the lead in working with its provincial partners to eliminate inter-provincial trade barriers in transportation, commerce, labour, and capital mobility.

We support bringing more security to existing trade related jobs. To create new employment opportunities, our trade agenda will focus on diversifying both the products we sell abroad and the markets into which we sell those products. We emphasize the importance of secure access to international markets through a rules-based trading system. We believe that Canada should strive to maximize the benefits we have as a free trading nation, and emphasizes the need to establish
trading relationships beyond North America.

In future rounds of trade negotiations, we believe the government should:

i. vigorously pursue the reduction of international trade barriers and tariffs;
ii. pursue the elimination of trade-distorting government export subsidies within clearly established time limits; and
iii. seek a clear definition of what constitutes an export subsidy.

We support efforts by the government to develop new markets for Canadian goods and services by emphasizing the development of trade ties with emerging markets.

In recognition of freshwater as a critical resource to the future of Canadians, we believe that there should be an investigation into the protection and security of our long-term freshwater resources as they pertain to exportation as a commodity.

We believe the government should strive to maximize the benefits of our cross border trade by reducing or removing impediments to the efficient flow of goods, services and people at border crossing points. The government should also pursue agreement on standards for secure identification of cross-border travellers that are both affordable and convenient.

43. Inter-provincial Trade

The Conservative Party believes that the government must take the lead with its provincial partners to eliminate inter-provincial trade barriers in transportation, commerce, labour, and capital mobility.

We recognize and support that professional certification obtained through a recognized certification process in one province or territory shall entitle that person to work in their profession in any other province or territory. Further the Conservative Party of Canada supports and encourages cooperation between provinces toward the standardization of certification processes.


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