Canada's longest-serving Mayor advocates "Buy Canadian."
Mayor Hazel McCallion says "Free Trade really does not exist" at a recent Council meeting.
"I do not support
importing material from the U.S for this line. I'm extremely sensitive to this. I'll tell you why.
O'Ryan Bus has just
been closed down in Mississauga. There are 3 bus companies in the country. Nova (?) in Montreal, O'Ryan in Mississauga, New Flyer in Winnipeg. And all the buses in Canada can only be completed to 50% then has to be shipped across the border to be finished
in the U.S because the federal government in the US has ruled that they will not allow and not give subsidy to any city that buys buses completely manufactured in Canada. So I'm pretty sensitive now with 300 people unemployed in the City of Mississauga.
.....We talk about free trade .... but it really does not exist."
(note: forward to the 6.46.33 mark)