Deregulation and Continental Regulatory Harmonization
From: Living with Uncle
beyond the narrow self-interest of companies, there is not a solid economic case to be made for deregulation. Instead, there is good reason to believe that this is a policy initiative that exclusively benefits corporate Canada, largely hidden from public view by deceptive language, and ultimately paid in greater risks borne by average Canadians. And because of the international context of harmonization, it has profound implications in terms of whether governments in the future will be able to enact and enforce regulations in the public interest.
Marc Lee is a senior economist with the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has authored many CCPA publications, including Tax Cuts and the Fiscal Imbalance, Indecent Proposal: The Case Against a Canada-US Customs Union, and In Search of a Problem: The Future of the Agreement on Internal Trade and Canadian Federalism
Bruce Campbell is executive director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has written widely on public policy issues, including on Canada-US relations. He is author or coauthor of three books including (with Maude Barlow) Straight Through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society, HarperCollins, 1995, and Pulling Apart: The Deterioration of Employment and Income in North America Under Free Trade, CCPA, 1999.