"Let's Solve 'Buy American' Once and For All" - Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Supports Efforts to Fight Protectionism



    EDMONTON, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - At its June Board meeting in Edmonton,
the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce expressed its
support for efforts by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments to
pursue bilateral discussions with the United States on to ensure that
companies from both countries can bid on government procurement contracts.
    While we continue to support the efforts of the U-S Chamber to ease the
existing restrictions, 'Buy American' provisions in the U.S. stimulus package
have shut out Canadian companies from $280 billion worth of state- and
municipal-level government procurement opportunities in the United States.
More disturbing still is that similar rules are being included in other pieces
of legislation before the U.S. Congress.
    "The joint efforts by the federal, provincial, and territorial
governments is a first step to securing Canadian companies' access to the U.S.
market now and in the future. We need to move urgently at the highest level to
reach agreement between Canada and the United States," said Perrin Beatty, the
Canadian Chamber's President and CEO.
    Despite the understandable calls to retaliate against US protectionism, a
trade war between our two countries would make matters worse. The Canadian
Chamber supports a rules-based procurement deal with the United States to
prevent that possibility.
    "Everyone loses in a trade war. In this end, we all stand to gain from
vibrant and open competition that result in best products and prices. We need
to keep our borders open and make sure taxpayers in both countries get the
very best value for every dollar" noted Beatty.




For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Anderson, Director, Communications and
Marketing, (613) 238-4000, ext. 231, Cell: (613) 797-1860,
kanderson@chamber.ca

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