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N.L. government seeking feedback on trade barriers

Support for Premier Dwight Ball among potential voters remains poor, according to a new political poll.
Support for Premier Dwight Ball among potential voters remains poor, according to a new political poll.

Premier Dwight Ball is encouraging participation in an online questionnaire created to provide feedback on trade barriers hindering business growth across Canadian provinces and territories.

The identification of common impediments to trade that could potentially be eliminated is being done nationally. The commitment was outlined in the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement, which came into effect on July 1.

The provincial government is inviting industry, businesses and labour organizations, and the general public to share their views at engageNL.ca. The deadline for responses is Oct. 6.

This feedback will be used to inform the province’s approach to discussions with the federal government and other provinces and territories.

“Our government is committed to working collaboratively with local contributors to the provincial economy and other provinces and territories to ease regulatory burdens and support new business activity,” Ball said in a news release on Friday.

Some examples of regulatory barriers include different provincial requirements for testing or certification requirements, standards, trucking/shipping or other transportation requirements, occupational health and safety requirements, labelling requirements, sizing/packaging requirements and licensing requirements.

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