Monday, September 17, 2007

Revealing my ignorance

Could one of my Canadian and/or Quebecois friends or readers explain to me what this means?
As well, Quebec is negotiating free trade with Ontario and a Canada-wide manpower mobility agreement.

"I like the idea a lot, this vision of establishing a new space for the free circulation and mobility of persons," Charest said.

What is the sense in which Quebec doesn't already have free trade with Ontario? And what is the sense in which persons qua laborers aren't free to move around Canada? Is the latter just about licensed professionals? What's the former about at all? I was under the rather strong impression that Canada was an internal single market...