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‘Buy American’ Boosts Costs, Hurts Trade Partners

(John F. Prato –

Canada is disappointed by the New Jersey Legislature’s approval of S1811/A3059, considered by many the most severe “Buy American” bill in recent U.S. history.

The bill would require the use of goods made in the United States – including the components of all goods – in all public contracts by all state and local agencies, including state universities and colleges.

The United States and Canada share an extraordinary relationship. In times of need, we have always stood by each other, such as in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, when Canadian utility companies helped restore power to New Jersey citizens. That’s what good neighbors do.

So, when legislation containing “Buy American” restrictions is passed, as New Jersey’s was on Dec. 18, it runs against the spirit of the relationship that our two countries have built. Click here to read more.