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Chamber Applauds ‘Buy American’ Agreement

February 5, 2010 3:30 PM | News

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is commending the Buy American provisions outlined by the governments of Canada and the United States.

“This represents an important step forward in our continued engagement with our largest trading partner,” said Dave Angus, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

“While more work needs to be done to counter protectionism in the United States, this agreement has placed us in a better position than our main competitors to receive U.S. stimulus funding,” added Angus. “It has also resulted in greater co-operation between provinces, territories and the federal government — a long-awaited, but very welcomed accomplishment. The depth of the federal/provincial offer and the speed at which it was put forth is an important precedent which puts us in a good position for the negotiation of future agreements.”

The Chamber says work needs to continue with the United States to strengthen ties and to develop solutions that are beneficial to both parties.