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Level playing field needed

While many cross-border shoppers may cheer the increases in merchandise allowance that Canadians will be allowed to return with from the U.S., many towns and cities along the border are petitioning the Ministry of Finance to rescind his June 1 changes.

Currently, Canadian residents returning to Canada after 24 hours only are permitted $50 in merchandise. That will rise to $200 on June 1.

And residents who are away for 48 hours or more now will be permitted to return with $800, up from $400.

Retail businesses along the border are expected to take the biggest hit.

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