Canada Should Counter “Buy American” With “Buy Canadian” In NAFTA Negotiations

We should take a tough stance in support of our right to “Buy Canadian” for projects funded with our taxpayer dollars.

A new report says the U.S. government is planning to heavily push their “Buy American” plan in the NAFTA negotiations.

According to the Canadian Press, “While it’s being pulled in one direction by Canada and Mexico, urging it to reduce Buy American rules for public-works contracts, and in the other direction by domestic U.S. politicians seeking an increase in Buy American, the administration has issued a reminder that it’s working on a separate path.”

The U.S. says they’re working on a domestic study of the issue – and it’s expected their negotiators will say they can’t discuss it until that study concludes as they have issued a notice asking for public input. This effectively locks in the “Buy American” policy direction in the U.S. which is to be expected under an administration that explicitly campaigned on that idea.

As Dan Ujczo – a trade lawyer in Ohio – pointed out to the Canadian Press, “The issuance of this notice is a deliberate strategy for the USTR (US Trade Representative) to then say, ‘We can’t really talk about procurement, it’s a multilateral issue, it’s much broader than the NAFTA … and we have a process underway so we really can’t put this on the table for discussion.”

“So I think this is a way to essentially shut down that discussion…In my view, the U.S. is playing hardball on this issue.”

Canada should make clear that we will “Buy Canadian” for our public-works projects.

I don’t begrudge the U.S. for pushing for “Buy American” policies for public-works projects. After all, taxpayer money should be spent within the country those taxpayers live in. However, that means what’s fair for the U.S. is fair for Canada.

As a result, the Trudeau government should immediately shift from wanting to open up Canadian public works projects to the U.S. and Mexico (their current position), and insist that Canada will institute a “Buy Canadian” policy for those projects. If the government fails to do that, and U.S. companies get access to our public-works without Canada getting access to those in the U.S., it would be a severe betrayal of our country, and would cause severe damage to Canadian businesses.

That’s why we must support a “Buy Canadian” approach.

Spencer Fernando

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We must maintain our manufacturing so much has gone it would make the guy whom signed this absolute abismal deal want to sue Canada Again the right dishonorable brain mallrona. Made in Canada✊

Dogandcat........
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Can’t. It’s too expensive and with too many regulations to make in Canada………except by massive subsidies. Canada has no desire to help free enterprise……….and subsidies aren’t exactly free trade…..

niclal
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niclal

Exactly ….when decisions are made by either side, there are implications…if the idea is to protect our own …that label then fits all parties involved …this is what the current leadership cannot grasp

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Frank

The arrogant and incompetent Trudeau has been nothing but “a severe betrayal of our country” and has been constantly causing “severe damage to Canadian businesses”. I’m really not sure what will be left of Canada by the next election. Perhaps the economy really can’t grow from his butthole outwards. Maybe a pot smoking snowboard instructor / part time drama teacher really wasn’t a great choice to be our leader. Maybe one really does need qualifications to lead our country, like that meanie Stephen Harper who was reasoned and principled and has an economics degree. Maybe he’s in over his head… Read more »

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niclal

Agreed, agreed, agreed, but how did he ever win the electorate s votes ….. they are the ones who are stupid , lame and irresponsible to a degree that matches the lamebrain s incapacity , irresponsbility , ignorance and arrogance …

Gale Gardner
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Trudeau hasn’t the intelligence to see through this.

niclal
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niclal

nor do his advisers …..