The province of Saskatchewan will be represented at the annual meeting of the committee on internal trade.
Trade minister Jeremy Harrison will be attending the meeting Friday in Quebec.
Harrison said he’s looking forward to conversations with new ministers of trade from across the country.
“There are going to be a number of new (members from) government changes,” Harrison said. “Mr. Smith will be there from Ontario, who I have been working with since he has taken over the file, but it’s been a recent change. Minister Fitzgibbon from Quebec who is chairing the committee on Internal Trade, and looking forward to the discussions there as well.”
Harrison said he doesn’t believe this meeting will get political.
“I was blunt last time in saying why I thought the last one was political and it was because it was an Ad-Hawk meeting called by the national government for political reasons,” Harrison said. “This is a different scenario. This is an actual meeting of the committee on internal trades, well established processes.”
Harrison said there’s still many examples of ways inter-provincial trade could improve.
“The restrictions that exist on inner provincial trade, in alcoholic beverages, I think to any rational outside observer would appear to be out of line with what the expectation would be,” Harrison said. “We have been working on this for a long time. And if the answers were easy they would have been found a long time ago. We are going to continue to make progress, we are going to continue to push.”
As part of the trip, Harrison will be representing Saskatchewan interests, and also advocating against the federal government from stepping in and slowing down internal trade.