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CME congratulates Kingston City Council for standing up against Buy American

Published by Brad Fougere on September 10, 2014

OTTAWA – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) congratulates the City Council of Kingston, Ontario for passing a motion unanimously in reaction to the rising Buy American policies imposed on Canadian manufacturers wishing to sell into the United States. The vote was held at the City Council meeting on September 9, 2014.

"The City of Kingston is adding its voice to the one of Halton Hills and is a great demonstration of support for Canadian manufacturers facing trade barriers in the United States,” said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters President and CEO Jayson Myers.

CME has been a long-standing supporter of reciprocity that should apply to all government procurements: federal, provincial and municipal. With the Building Canada Plan spurring investments of more than $50 billion to modernize Canada`s infrastructure, the time is right to look at reciprocity to level the playing field for Canadian manufacturers being treated unfairly in the United States.

"Reciprocity is the most important condition for any free trade agreement to be successful over the long term,” said Myers. “No free trade agreements can be mutually beneficial if there is no reciprocity. We’re supportive of Kingston's motion and we will work with all the other municipalities willing to stand up and defend the Canadian manufacturing sector."

Other cities across Ontario and Canada are planning to adopt similar motions in the upcoming weeks.

In a recent letter sent to the federal Minister of Infrastructure, the Honourable Denis Lebel, CME urged the federal government to use its exclusion from existing free trade agreements, such as the construction of large transport department infrastructure projects to level the playing field for Canadian manufacturers.

In particular, CME called on the federal government to provide incentives for the use of Canadian steel for the construction of the $5 billion Champlain Bridge in Montreal.

CME looks forward to working with all levels of government and with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to work out practical solutions that will bring the concept of reciprocity into policy for all infrastructure–related procurements.

Details of the Kingston motion can be viewed here.

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