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CME recognizes the importance of Halton Hills’ stand against Buy America

Published by Brad Fougere on August 26, 2014

OTTAWA – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) applaud the efforts of Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonette and the rest of municipal council for their resolution in reaction to the rising Buy American policies imposed on Canadian manufacturers wishing to sell into the United States.

"Twice in the past five years the U.S. have adopted discriminatory Buy American legislation that bars Canadian manufacturers from participating in large infrastructure projects south of the border, and on both occasions, Mayor Bonnette and Halton Hills Councilors have stood up for the Canadian manufacturing sector,” 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 succesful over the long term,” said Myers. “No free trade agreements can be mutually beneficial if there is no reciprocity. We’re supportive of Halton Hills' resolution and we are going to work with all municipalities across the country that want to stand up for Canadian manufacturers."

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.

The resolution can be viewed here.

Local coverage of the council meeting can be viewed here.

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