May 25, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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The province has hired some lobbyists in Texas – as it threatens protectionist measures of its own – and attempts to convince officials in the Lone Star State – not to pass a Buy American bill.

Last month premier Kathleen Wynne claimed victory – after a successful Ontario drive to stop similar provisions in New York state.

A statement from Wynne says she is concerned that a bill to extend Buy American provisions to virtually all state agencies in Texas – is headed to a final review – and could be approved as early as this weekend.

The bill would force suppliers to buy steel and iron only from American sources.

Wynne says if that happens, Ontario may introduce legislation allowing the province to restrict its own procurement policies and processes for Texas firms.

Trade between Ontario and Texas came to more than US$12 billion last year – and included activity in the tech, automotive and construction sectors.

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