Ontario is putting up trade barriers in response to “Buy American” legislation out of New York state, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.
Government outfits will no longer accept procurement contracts with suppliers from New York and will restrict suppliers’ use of structural iron from that state.
In a statement Monday, Wynne said that move is a response to New York’s legislation that requires the use of American-made iron in specific government surface road and bridge construction projections.
“I will not let New York, or any other state, tilt the field in their favour without taking appropriate action,” Wynne said.
The tit-for-tat move follows the implementation on April 1 of “Buy American” legislation that, according to a statement by New York state, mandates that steel or iron used in government road and bridge projects be completely or substantially produced in the United States.
“Buy American will help us invest directly in our greatest asset, our workforce, to support economic development and job growth for generations to come,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on signing the legislation in December.
“I am proud to sign this legislation to support hardworking men and women, revitalize infrastructure across the state, bolster the strength of our manufacturing industries, and cement our status as a global economic leader.”
Texas has drafted similar legislation, but Ontario is of the opinion that it does not apply to Canada, Wynne said.
The Ontario legislature passed the Fairness in Procurement Act to give the province the ability to respond to these types of “unfair” trade tactics, and on April 1 passed the first regulation under the law for New York state, Wynne said.
“At this time of economic uncertainty, Ontario workers and businesses need to know that I am their No. 1 advocate,” Wynne said. “In the face of unfair U.S. actions, I will stand up for the people of Ontario in every way possible, every time.”
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies