Proposes tightening current Buy American laws easily circumvented by government agencies.
Trump kicking the tires on a Buy American move that would pull the US out of a $1.7-trillion procurement agreement with WTO members.
Will gradually boost the percentage of US components for qualifying American-made products from 50% to 75%.
US measures require 65% local content on public transportation projects.
Both point to transportation projects that could have secured work for the Thunder Bay plant.
Buy American rules are prompting Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to build the multi-level cars, rather than its facility in Quebec.
No Canadian content requirement; the German firm will build the trains at its North American headquarters in California.
Competing claims an example of the animosity between the two countries since Mexico reached its own NAFTA deal with the US.
Senior White House official played down Trump’s earlier talk about ill-defined import tax.
Premier’s move backed by federal Liberals, panned by trade analysts.
Planned bill would reduce procurement opportunities for states that adopt Buy American provisions.
…But two priorities – fewer Buy American rules for public contracts and freer movement of professionals – are long shots.
Government procurement to be one of the biggest issues for the Canadian side during trade talks.
Will advocate for Ontario to receive an exemption from the policy before it comes into effect.
“We know that with protectionism everybody loses eventually, including the country that puts the policies in place…”