05 June 2009 20:08 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Canada’s chemical producers are concerned about the impact of “buy American" provisions in the US economic stimulus law on Canada's manufacturing sector, a spokesman for the country’s chemical producers association said on Friday.
Michael Bourque, spokesman for Ottawa-based Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA), said his group had joined other manufacturers’ in writing a letter to Canadian provincial premiers, urging them to take appropriate action.
The letter, spearheaded by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporter Association (CME), warned that a wide range of Canadian-based manufacturers were being hurt by the ?xml:namespace>
Provisions in the law require all manufactured goods, and steel and iron, that were procured for US public works funded under the act, to be made in the
The measure effectively banned all Canadian-made products from all
The association warned of a growing backlash within
For example, Canadian municipalities were already considering a move to exclude supplies from the
The association urged the Canadian government to propose solutions to President Barack Obama's administration to avoid a further escalation.
One option would be for the
Also, both countries could work to ensure that federal procurement standards under NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Act) were applied to federal funds spent by sub-national authorise such as states, provinces and municipalities.
However, the best solution was for
In a separate appeal to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, CME said that Obama should be encouraged to issue an executive order stating that the “Buy America” provisions would not apply to the state and local level.
In a statement on its website, CME warned that since the passage of the Recovery Act, similar “Buy America” provisions were appearing in other
The chemical industry is
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