Spending Smarter on Infrastructure
 Special 'Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Edition

June 2009

Municipalities line up to fight protectionism
You may be forgiven if you, like millions of other Canadian business leaders, thought the infamous 'Buy American' provisions of the US stimulus package were dead.

They're not... and with thousands of jobs on the line, the fight is being taken to the convention floor at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention in Whistler, British Columbia this month.

What can you do?
Support the Fair Trade Resolution, either on the floor of FCM or in your own municipality. 

The resolution supports free, fair, and reciprocal trade. It simply says that Canadian municipalities are willing to make their infrastructure projects open to any country that doesn’t block Canadian-made products for their projects.

Similar resolutions have already been passed or endorsed by the Region of Halton, the City of Temiskaming Shores, the City of Surrey, and over a dozen other local governments.

Manufacturers join in  
Not to be outdone, the Canadian manufacturing community has joined in the fight against the 'Buy American' provisions.

A coalition of industry, municipalities, and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association are working '
for fair trade, not favouritism.'

The group has created a website to detail their efforts - visit

Buy American policy unwise: U.S. Chamber

Thomas Donohue, President of the US Chamber of Commerce, feels the provisions hurt business on both sides of the US/Canada border.

The country's largest business organization is calling on the Obama administration to amend the damaging 'Buy American' provisions.  The US Chamber of Commerce has already sent a letter asking President Obama to act quickly.

The U.S. Chamber appeared on Toronto radio  station 640AM (a Corus Radio Network) to explain - hear the interview here.

Stockwell Day blasts U.S. protectionism
Federal International Trade Minister Stockwell Day has been engaged in this issue from the start.  He's upset the Obama administration has broken it's word.
Story here, and you can watch video here...

Will you be at FCM?
Let's talk more. I can be found at the 'Canadian Manufacturers Against Protectionism' booth (Booth #326) on the convention floor in Whistler, BC.

Otherwise, I can always also be found at:
Tel:  (905) 670-7676
Cell: (416) 409-3459
or:   (800) 268-4664 
Fax: (905) 670-1512 
6810 Invader Cres,
Mississauga, On
L5T 2B6
Veso Sobot, P.Eng.
Director, Corporate Affairs
Ipex Inc.

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