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Halton Hills mayor calls on U.S. senator to support exemption for Canada from discriminatory trade practices

Published by Brad Fougere on September 12, 2014

The following release was issued by Halton Hills, ON mayor Rick Bonnette regarding Buy American rules.

HALTON HILLS, ON – Mayor Rick Bonnette has written a letter to a U.S. senator asking that Canada be exempted from a “Buy American” trade policy that would hurt Canadian companies.

In his letter to Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio and a leading free trade advocate, Mayor Bonnette noted that Canada has not been cited for any trade practice violations, unlike some other countries and therefore should be exempted from any buy American policies.

“Currently Canadian municipalities continue to source products in an open and fair market and thus U.S companies may bid on our infrastructure projects however, Canadian companies are prohibited from supplying products for similar projects in the U.S. We require a level playing field where reciprocity should benefit both trading partners,” he added.

Town Council unanimously passed a resolution at its August 25 meeting calling on the Federal Government of Canada to work with trade representatives from the U.S to ensure that the spirit of free trade is included in the U.S. legislation. Canada has not been identified as a country that is using unfair trade practices and should be exempt from the “Buy American” provisions.

The Mayor added that an unfettered trade border is beneficial to both Canadian and U.S. companies. The Mayor has also sent letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the federal Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, urging Ottawa to negotiate a free trade exemption for Canadian firms.

About the Town of Halton Hills

The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.  The Town is the 2013 recipient of the National Municipal Environmental Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.

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For further information contact:

Mayor Rick Bonnette

Town of Halton Hills

905-873-2601 ext. 2342

Email: mayor@haltonhills.ca

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