PCA Supports Easing Trade Restrictions as Part of Alberta’s Fair Deal Report
(June 18, 2020) – The
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies are
builders of major infrastructure projects that employ thousands of Alberta and
B.C workers, welcomes the Alberta government’s Fair Deal Panel Report, aimed at
giving the province a stronger voice within confederation.
PCA is an unequivocal supporter of the Report’s
third recommendation, which calls for collaboration with other jurisdictions to
reduce trade barriers within Canada and put pressure on the federal government
to enforce free trade within Canada.
“Interprovincial trade barriers of all kinds drive
up construction costs and stand in the way of good, well-paying construction
jobs that are essential to Alberta’s recovery and that of Canada as a whole,” said
Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
(PCA). “Albertans and their provincial neighbours will benefit when the provinces
agree to remove artificial
barriers in training, credentialing and mobility for skilled labour, as well as
exclusionary local hire provisions that add red tape and stifle productivity
calling on the Alberta government to prioritize recommendation three and urge neighbouring provinces to follow suit.
movement of goods and people is a no-brainer,” added de Jong. “Alberta can no
longer afford barriers and restrictions that hinder economic growth. This is the time to open doors, so that Alberta’s
builders can do what they do best: constructing this province’s future and creating
good-paying jobs for Albertans.”
The 68-page Fair Deal Panel Report, promised by
the UCP government includes 25 recommendations based on consultations with
thousands of Albertans.
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
offices in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, PCA is the voice of
progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member
companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource
construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in
infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more
than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.
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