Canada will share slash­ing lessons with Trump

Tories cut reg­u­la­tions be­fore U.S. pres­i­dent; now Lib­er­als aim to tell his ad­min­is­tra­tion what was good, what was bad

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - ALEXAN­DER PANETTA

WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump has or­dered his bu­reau­crats to slash reg­u­la­tions — for ev­ery one cre­ated, the U.S. pres­i­dent wants them to elim­i­nate two. Now comes the hard part of ac­tu­ally im­ple­ment­ing the cam­paign prom­ise.

En­ter Canada. The Cana­dian gov­ern­ment in­tends to share lessons it has learned af­ter years of ex­pe­ri­ence with a re­lated pol­icy. It’s among the top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion as Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent Scott Bri­son ar­rives Fri­day for a two-day visit to Wash­ing­ton.

Trump has ex­plained his plan as an im­por­tant sig­nal to busi­nesses: “For ev­ery one reg­u­la­tion, two are out. So we knock out two,” the pres­i­dent said dur­ing a meet­ing with the re­tail in­dus­try this month.

Now it’s Mick Mul­vaney’s job to make it work. He’s the cab­i­net mem­ber for the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get, tasked in Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der to de­sign the pol­icy. Bri­son will meet him dur­ing a visit that will also in­clude meet­ings with state gov­er­nors.

A pair of cir­cum­stances has nudged Canada into the con­ver­sa­tion. Both date back sev­eral years, pre­dat­ing the Trump and Trudeau gov­ern­ments. The first: the coun­tries al­ready dis­cuss reg­u­la­tions all the time. Exlead­ers Barack Obama and Stephen Harper cre­ated a bi­na­tional body in 2011 to try whit­tling down bur­den­some rules, and it has held meet­ings ever since. One of­ten-cited ex­am­ple in­volves lip­stick. A Cana­dian of­fi­cial who helped cre­ate the Reg­u­la­tory Co-op­er­a­tion Coun­cil lamented that it cost $700 to bring lip­stick with SPF pro­tec­tion to mar­ket in the U.S. — and $700,000 in Canada, where it was la­belled a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­uct.

Canada also has ex­pe­ri­ence with dereg­u­la­tion-by-for­mula. The Cana­dian equiv­a­lent is less ag­gres­sive than what Trump has or­dered but it’s sim­i­lar in spirit.

The Harper Con­ser­va­tives cre­ated a one­for-one re­quire­ment: if one new reg­u­la­tion comes in, one has to go.

Some peo­ple in Wash­ing­ton have al­ready heard about it from Bri­son’s pre­de­ces­sor.

“There has been sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence here with a leg­is­lated reg­u­la­tory re­view sys­tem,” said Bri­son spokesman Jean-Luc Fer­land. “We know that’s a shared pri­or­ity of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion in the U.S. What we’re look­ing to do is dis­cuss best prac­tices, as the U.S. de­vel­ops their own ... “

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