"The European competition commissioner, for example, can order member states to dismantle local monopolies that impede trade within the “single market.” Imagine, for example, a federal economic union commission ordering Ontario Hydro to open its market to private generators -- including out-of-province generators. For extra credit, imagine it doing the same to Hydro-Quebec.
Only in Canada is this considered outré. In other countries, internal trade barriers are regarded as an absurdity, not because their citizens are more apprised of the benefits of free trade than ours, but because of the inherent nonsense of the enterprise: to protect ourselves from ourselves. Only in Canada do we regard ourselves as not ourselves."