Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

September 14, 2011 14:38 ET

Buy American a Jobs Killer for US and Canadian Manufacturers: CME

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2011) - New Buy American procurement restrictions contained in President Obama's Jobs Bill currently before Congress threaten jobs in both Canada and the United States, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). CME President & CEO Jayson Myers issued the following statement:

We are extremely disappointed and concerned that Buy American restrictions are reappearing. Canadian manufacturers that supply America's building, transportation, and state and municipal infrastructure markets will be seriously affected if these new restrictions become law.

But, we are very pleased by the rapid action of the Canadian Government in responding to this issue.

We need to make the case very clearly to US officials that the proposed Buy American restrictions which are similar to the provisions that appeared two years ago under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are bad for US and Canadian industry alike.

Experience with the ARRA showed us that Buy American procurement restrictions raised the cost and delayed the start-up of infrastructure projects in the US. They excluded Canadian manufacturers, but given the integrated nature of our supply chains, many US suppliers also lost business and jobs because their Canadian customers were shut out of the US market.

Those were the problems that led to last year's Canada-US Procurement Agreement that provided Canadian manufacturers an exemption to the ARRA restrictions. They are as relevant and important today as they were two years ago.

Our procurement agreement provides a defence for Canada and I am very pleased that International Trade Minister Fast has moved so quickly to launch consultations to address this issue immediately. CME and our members will be monitoring the situation closely and working with Minister Fast and his team to support Canada's case for an exemption.

Political circumstances have also changed in the US. Buy American restrictions will make it more difficult to secure Republican support for the President's Jobs Bill.

But, Canada still has to make our case very clearly: You don't create jobs by restricting business opportunities between the world's two largest trading partners.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's leading trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

CME focuses on the issues that are most critical to our members - manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment. Their challenges are our priorities. We offer solutions for our members through our leadership in: CME Advocacy, CME Intelligence, CME Business Opportunities, CME Best Practices and CME Networking.

Since 1871, we have made a difference for Canada's manufacturing and exporting communities. Fighting for their future. Saving them money. Helping them grow.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports.

Contact Information

  • Derek Lothian
    Manager, National Communications
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    613-238-8888 ext. 4228
    derek.lothian@cme-mec.ca