The premise of this article on the current status of the Canadian economic union and the meaning of the Internal Trade Agreement (the "Agreement") on that union, is that the union describes the economic relations among individual Canadians. The union is not comprised of the interconnections among political jurisdictions. The Canadian economic union, when conceived as the product of the relations between individual Canadians, is the market. We have decided that our material well-being as individuals and as a community is best served by decentralizing economic power and thereby permitting individuals, whether alone or in groups, to act relatively autonomously in deciding when, with whom and how they should arrange their affairs in an effort to achieve self-defined goals. The essential nature of the Canadian economic union is one of untold millions of privately arranged economic market relations - subject to regulation, of course, but nonetheless defined by private firms and individuals.
David Cohen, The Internal Trade Agreement: Furthering the Canadian Economic Disunion?, 25 Can. Bus. L.J. 257 (1995), available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/442/.