Interprovincial trade op-ed in the Post cites MLI author Blue

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Vancouver lawyer Derek James From has cited MLI author Ian Blue in a column for the National Post on why barriers to interprovincial trade are unconstitutional.

From argues that by maintaining rules that impede internal trade, such as with liquor monopolies, Canadian governments are “thumbing their noses” at the Constitution – and cites findings by MLI’s Blue as proof.

In 2011 Blue wrote a paper for MLI, titled “Free Trade Within Canada: Say goodbye to Gold Seal“, explaining how a proper application of the Constitution would prohibit interprovincial trade impediments.

Blue’s paper shows that the courts have misinterpreted section 121 of the Constitution Act, which is designed to ban provincial rules that hinder the movement of goods within Canada.