We need a national strategy to maximize Canadian content in Canadian resource developments. Canada, for example, could impose a "Buy Canadian" requirement on future mining projects.
No one should be surprised that a Buy American provision has been included in the American Jobs Act, President Obama's new job creation bill.
The NDP have secured full support for a motion pushing the Standing Committee on International Trade to hold hearings to review the Buy American agreement.
Canadian companies, and even provincial governments have been hurt by the prime minister's bungling of the 'Buy American' policy.
It's a clear case of déjà vu all over again. Now, instead of learning from the past, we're seeing a near-exact reprise with last week's "agreement in principle" on government procurement.
In the middle of a period of prorogation, when Parliament is not sitting, the Harper government has sprung a sweeping new trade deal on Canadians.
Instead of hassling the U.S. about its local purchasing policies or volunteering to hobble local and provincial governments, Canada should be taking meaningful steps to reduce rising unemployment.
Here in Canada, the sudden demand to end local procurement is coming from the usual suspects at the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
The Buy American clause and the ensuing "backdown" by Congress meant nothing. Those policies have been in place for decades; they still are.