Provincial, local government should remain free of NAFTA, WTO rules
Ability of local governments to govern threatened by move to expand trade deals.
June 4, 2009 — Much has been said this week about Washington's "Buy America" policies and their effect on Canadian businesses.
The "Buy America" provisions are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more widely known as the stimulus package that was signed into law by US President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009.
Under the act, American companies receiving federal aid money must only purchase materials and equipments made in the US.
There has been a considerable backlash against the provisions - much of it coming from US-based transnational corporations hoping to expand free trade. Currently, spending by local and provincial governments is not bound by the rules of NAFTA or the WTO. This means that local governments have some control over how they spend their money.
The Conservative government is on board with the business lobby to bring provincial and local procurement under NAFTA...
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"Buy Canadian" a better response to "Buy America", by CUPE, June 4 2009
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