Canada must resist the American purchase
OTTAWA, ON, November 17, 2021 / CNW / – Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CEM) calls on the Prime Minister Justin trudeau and Canadian officials to put pressure on the president Joe biden to the North American Leaders’ Summit for clear and comprehensive exemptions for Canadian manufacturers from protectionist “Buy American” policies.
“Canadian and American manufacturers are not competitors. They are part of a highly integrated North American industrial system that produces the goods that both countries use on a daily basis. “Buy American” protectionist proposals for manufactured goods threaten Canadian industry, betray the spirit of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), and will hurt manufacturers and the economies of both countries, “he said. declared Dennis darby, President and CEO of CME. “Now more than ever, it’s time to take the proven ‘Buy in North America’ approach to sourcing within North America. ”
He added: “Tomorrow’s meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau, President Biden and President Andrés Manuel López Obador is a golden opportunity for Canada to advocate for “Buy in North America”. CME salutes the work accomplished by from Canada diplomats, trade officials, Minister of International Trade Marie Ng, and Prime Minister Trudeau by pushing back against protectionist Buy American policies. But now is the time to step up the pressure on the White House, as it has yet to concede any of its US purchase proposals. “
Canada must use all his diplomatic influence and persuasion to ensure that he is “under the tent” on industrial strategy to North America. The alternative would be to adopt reciprocal procurement market access provisions that were announced in the 2021 budget, which would hurt both economies.
It would also mean that provincial governments would have to follow suit and limit their procurement markets to American companies if Buy American policies go ahead.
“Canada cannot afford to sit idly by while segments of our most important export market are closed to Canadian manufacturers, ”Darby concluded.
- The manufacturing sector represents more than 10% of from Canada gross domestic product.
- Manufacturers directly support more than 1.7 million jobs in Canada.
- Total manufacturing sales in 2019 exceeded $ 685 billion.
SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
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