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Ottawa Threatens to Use Rare Law in ‘Buy American’ Dispute with U.S.

(CTV News)

The federal government is threatening to throw a wrench into Alaska’s plans to build on Canadian turf exclusively with American steel and iron.

International Trade Minister Ed Fast said Canada took a rare step Monday when it signed a legal order to block the state of Alaska from imposing the protectionist Buy American policy on a project to construct a new ferry terminal on the British Columbia coastline.

“We have been clear: the application of protectionist Buy America provisions on Canadian soil is unacceptable and an affront to Canadian sovereignty,” Fast said in a statement after the Canadian government signed the order under the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act. Click here to read more.