Alberta will drop half of its exceptions to the Canada Free Trade Agreement, Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday.
The province also plans to review the remaining exceptions and “get as close to zero exceptions as possible,” Kenney said at a news conference.
“Alberta is a leader in promoting free trade, job creation, prosperity and value for tax dollars,” Kenney said. “And we will do everything we can to encourage our fellow Canadians from coast to coast to help us realize the dream of an economic union in Canada.”
Kenney announced the plan at the Council of the Federation meeting in Saskatoon. He said the move will save taxpayers money by increasing competition, and will help Alberta businesses access new markets.