Breaking down interprovincial trade barriers

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As the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s founding draws to a close, a mountain of paperwork is accumulating at the Supreme Court in the case Regina versus Comeau, which is scheduled to be argued on Dec. 6 and 7. Eight provinces and two territories have lined up to fight a New Brunswick court decision that held interprovincial trade barriers to be unconstitutional. 

Based on the provinces’ solidarity against freeing up interprovincial trade, was Confederation simply a fluke, born of  the unique circumstances of 1867? Would the protectionist provincial governments of today ever agree to it?

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