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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Now THIS would be a huge win for Harper

You folks wanna talk policy? Let's talk policy then... if Harper can pull this one off, it would pretty much make him UNTOUCHABLE until well into 2010.

Now this is what I call, "Getting things DONE for Canadians".
Buy American exemption deal in the works
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 9:01 PM ET
CBC News

A deal may be imminent that will exempt Canada from the controversial Buy American provision included in the U.S. stimulus package, CBC News has learned.

According to Canadian government sources, Ottawa expects that the White House will use its discretionary power to exempt Canada from the clause very soon. In return, Canada would simultaneously announce that its provincial and municipal doors are now wide open to U.S. companies.

Sources say the announcement could be made when the two trade negotiators, Ottawa's Don Stephenson and Washington's Everett Eissenstat hold their first formal meeting.

The provision gives priority to U.S. iron, steel and other manufactured goods for use in state-level and municipal public works and building projects funded with taxpayer stimulus money. Canadian governments and businesses have railed against the policy.

During Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit with U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Harper again made a pitch for an exclusion for Canada from "Buy American" provisions.

Harper and Obama said the two sides were looking into ways of addressing the issue, including the possibility of including the provinces in a multilateral deal.

Obama has said the clause conforms with all World Trade Organization and NAFTA regulations because it deals with what's called sub-national governments — such as states and municipalities — which aren't included in trade treaties.

Last week, Obama suggested that Canada's provinces must open their local markets to American companies. Canadian officials say the White House first stated its terms last spring, after Obama's visit to Ottawa.

In August, it was revealed that Canada and the provinces were offering U.S. firms guaranteed access to procurement contracts, as long as Canada gets a waiver of the "Buy American" provision.

American business have also been calling for the exemption, saying the clause has been killing American jobs, particularly at U.S. companies with Canadian suppliers.

"You need to understand our supply chain and how we make money and not limit us in the way that Buy American does," said Maryscott Greenwood, of the Canadian American Business Council. "It doesn’t make any sense. Particularliy when you’re talking about Canada."

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  • At Wed. Sep. 30, 12:05:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh im sure that the liberal spin machine is in high gear on this one, probably with a claim that, i dont know, "we can do better" (?)

    thats what i would i say if i was a liberal drone.


  • At Wed. Sep. 30, 08:23:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous skuleman said…

    HMPM is a heads down, get it done guy, as opposed to Iggy who divides his time between hurling valueless epithets as the the conservatives, and preening in public.

    Unfortunately, in our sound-bite culture, the press warms a lot more to the latter style than the former, because nothing exciting about a headline like "PM Stephen Harper worked hard for Canadians again today - more updates tomorrow".

  • At Thu. Oct. 01, 08:58:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Realtor in Toronto said…

    This deal is an awesome thing but I feel that it shouldn't have been made in the first place. I don't like when Mr. Obama is pushing through his stupid patriotic and protectionist laws affecting everyone around. SH will get a lot of positive talking if he signs the deal now.

    Take care, Julie


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