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CME QC calls on government to apply pressure against Buy American

Published by Brad Fougere on January 20, 2015

CME QC, which represents 400 manufacturing and exporting companies, asked the governments of Canada and Québec, as well as Québec municipalities, to denounce the protectionist measures the United States has taken in the steel market, Jan 20. 

Under the Buy American Act, companies in Québec and the rest of Canada in the steel sector will no longer have access to contracts involving public transportation infrastructure that are awarded by individual states or any U.S. federal administrations. 

“This kind of legislation constitutes protectionism and has many negative impacts on Québec-based manufacturers. For example, laws like the Buy American Act, which was passed in June 2014, has led to the closing of the Mueller Canada foundry in St-Jérôme, and they go against the spirit of the free trade agreement between Canada and the United States,” said Éric Tétrault, President of CME QC. “This kind of legislation forces Canadian companies to move to the United States. That leads to Canadian jobs being lost and missed opportunities for companies from here,” added Tétrault. 

CME expects the government of Québec to closely monitor this issue and intervene, because creating wealth for the province necessarily means a major increase in its exports, and the United States is by far the main destination.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has made this a priority and supports the government of Canada in the steps it is taking with the U.S. The recent release by Minister of International Trade Ed Fast on the subject of the Prince Rupert terminal further demonstrates that the federal government has received the message and is making it a priority issue

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