Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Formally Joins Trade Agreement between Other Western Provinces

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Formally Joins Trade Agreement between Other Western Provinces

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Manitoba joins western trade pact

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba has officially joined the New West Partnership -- a trade agreement set up by the other western provinces in 2010.

The agreement is aimed at allowing business, labour and investment to flow more freely within the region and at reducing barriers to inter-provincial sales.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister campaigned on a promise to join the trade deal before his Progressive Conservatives were elected in April.

Prior to joining, Manitoba had complained when Saskatchewan announced it would limit some Crown corporation contracts to businesses within the trade zone.

The Alberta government changed its liquor pricing last year to make craft beer from the partnership provinces less expensive than beer from elsewhere.

The former NDP government in Manitoba had balked at joining the regional deal because the New Democrats were focusing on a national trade deal among all provinces. …

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