CME Calls for Internal Trade Advances at First Ministers Meeting

Ottawa, December 07, 2018

Dennis Darby, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exports issued today the following statement regarding the First Ministers Meeting:

“Canadian manufacturers need free-trade with the rest of the world but, more critically, here at home.  In order to take advantage of global markets, we must first ensure our internal market is barrier-free for our manufacturers. Today, it is easier to trade between Ontario and Michigan than it is between Quebec and B.C. This must change. Goods and services should be freely and openly traded between provinces and, no province should discourage or block trade among Canadians. Additionally, to help close the skills gap, manufacturers’ most pressing challenge, skilled trades, and other professionals should be able to move more freely between provinces.  CME encourages the First Ministers to work together to strengthen our economy by breaking down barriers. We look forward to supporting the federal and provincial governments efforts to finally make Canada a free trade zone for Canadians”


Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.


Stefi Proulx

Director of Communications & Branding

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

(613) 292-6070