For Immediate Release
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010
‘Buy American’ agreement is a positive step forward:
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Feb. 5, 2010 - The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce commends the governments of Canada and the United States on reaching a productive and forward-looking agreement on Buy American provisions.
“This represents an important step forward in our continued engagement with our largest trading partner,” said Dave Angus, president and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
“While more work needs to be done to counter protectionism in the United States, this agreement has placed us in a better position than our main competitors to receive U.S. stimulus funding,” added Angus.
“It has also resulted in greater co-operation between provinces, territories and the federal government – a long-awaited, but very welcomed accomplishment. The depth of the federal/provincial offer and the speed at which it was put forth is an important precedent, which puts us in a good position for the negotiation of future agreements.”
“We must continue to work with the United States to strengthen our ties and to develop solutions that are beneficial to both parties,” concluded Angus.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1873, is the largest organization representing the voice of business in Winnipeg. Our mission is to foster an environment in which Winnipeg business can prosper.
Contact: Chuck Davidson – Vice President Policy and Communications
Tel: (204) 942-3011 ext. 210 Cell. (204) 782-1679