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Canada’s premiers call on Ottawa to seek exemption from Buy American policies

Stephanie Taylor and Invoice Graveland, The Canadian Press
Printed Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:51PM EDT
Final Up to date Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:31PM EDT

SASKATOON — Canada’s premiers need the federal authorities to hunt an exemption from america’ Purchase American measures.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe mentioned commerce was a giant subject Wednesday on the primary day of the annual premiers’ convention.

“We will be calling on our federal government to provide a stronger leadership role … in asking for an exemption with respect to the Buy American policy that is damaging many of our industries here in Canada,” Moe mentioned at a information convention in Saskatoon.

The Purchase American measures require 65 per cent native content material on public transportation tasks within the U.S. and that meeting be performed south of the border.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford mentioned the current announcement by Bombardier of layoffs at its Thunder Bay, Ont., plant are a direct end result.

“This Buy American policy down in the United States is absolutely killing us right now,” Ford mentioned on the convention.

“We need the federal government to continue to negotiate with the U.S. government.”

Quebec Premier Francois Legault mentioned Montreal-based Bombardier is a crucial firm for each provinces.

“They had an important contract in the U.S. that is ending and they have (a) rough time getting more contracts in the United States because of the Buy America Act,” Legault mentioned.

“That is why we all decided together that we need more leadership from the prime minister of Canada to negotiate an exemption.”

A number of premiers mentioned they made progress on inside commerce points.

“The progress has been glacial over the last number of years. I think that glacier is starting to melt,” mentioned Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

He mentioned inside commerce boundaries end result within the equal of a seven per cent tariff on items crossing provincial boundaries.

And that’s costing the nationwide economic system about $50 billion to $130 billion a 12 months, added Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

Kenney introduced that his province goes to eradicate almost half of its exceptions to the 2017 Canadian Free Commerce Settlement, and overview the remaining ones.

“We aren’t going to wait to negotiate and haggle over details. We’re doing this cold turkey, unilaterally, to show leadership, to show momentum and to encourage our fellow provinces and territories to do the same.”

Kenney additionally mentioned he has inspired different provinces outdoors Western Canada to hitch the trade-friendly New West Partnership Settlement.

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