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Canadian business no longer welcomed by New Jersey legislators

Published by Brad Fougere on December 19, 2014

On Dec 18, New Jersey passed its own version of Buy America requiring all public contracts use American made goods for infrastructure projects.

This is yet another example of the ever-expanding list of protectionist laws being introduced by state legislators in the United States. 

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' (CME) position is supported by 12 US business associations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, who have also voiced their objections to this new law.

CME calls on Governor Christie to support business and free trade and wisely use his veto powers to stop this growth-killing bill.

“New Jersey legislators have seemingly made it clear they do not want to do business with Canada,” said CME President and CEO Jayson Myers. "They think they are protecting jobs. In reality, given the integrated nature of manufacturing, they are killing jobs in both the United States and Canada."

The New Jersey legislation follows on the heels of an attempt to impose Buy American restrictions on the construction of a ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, BC.

"It clearly shows that Buy America is a much wider and ingrained problem than Prince Rupert," said Myers. "We need all levels of government in Canada and the United States to keep markets open for manufacturers from both countries. Free trade must be reciprocal, and right now a lot of it is just flowing north into Canada.

"We should require reciprocity as a condition for our infrastructure projects," Myers said. "Let's keep the Canadian market open, but only for suppliers from countries that keep their procurement projects open for Canadian business."


CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

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