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Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters urge Canadian Mayors to take action against Buy American

Published by Brad Fougere on June 30, 2014

President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Jayson Myers, wrote today to mayors of Canadian cities urging them to take immediate action to level the playing field for Canadian manufacturers negatively affected with the recent adoption of Buy American measured by the U.S. government. In letters sent to the Mayors of Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and Surrey,

Mr. Myers pointed out that the U.S. Congress has recently adopted Buy American measures in the water and waste sector which will bar access to billions of dollars worth of government procurements for Canadian companies. In addition, the recent introduction in the U.S. Senate of the Grow America Act, which proposed to raise the U.S. content requirement from 60 per cent to 100 per cent for the acquisition of trolling stock used for public transit, will force Canadian companies to set up or expand their current U.S. facilities, at the expense of their Canadian manufacturing capacity.

In the next ten years, the federal government will transfer over $50 billion to provinces and municipalities for modernizing our infrastructure. CME is urging mayors of Canada`s largest cities to adopt a reciprocity policy, which would level the playing field for Canadian manufacturers competing for contracts with foreign companies based in countries that systematically discriminate against Canadian companies based on domestic content.

The letters can be seen here:

Letter to Montreal Mayor Dennis Coderre (english)

Letter to Halifax Mayor Mike Savage

Letter to Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts

Letter to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

Letter to Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside

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