PROVINCE RESPONDS TO NEW YORK STATE'S 'BUY AMERICAN' LAW
Apr 02, 2018
By Bob Komsic
Queen’s Park is retaliating to Buy American legislation in New York State that came into effect Easter Sunday.
The law requires the purchase of American-made iron for government road and bridge projects.
In a statement, Premier Kathleen Wynne says as a result, Ontario is now restricting the use of iron from suppliers in New York on government contracts.
She adds it will immediately be repealed if New York State abandons its restrictions.
The legislature last month passed a law allowing the province to retaliate against any state that adopts Buy American provisions, calling it necessary protection work Ontario workers and businesses.
”Ontario and the U.S. both benefit from a strong, balanced economic relationship, which has historically included open procurement … it is why we worked so hard to prevent New York State from going down this protectionist path, and why we were very clear with them that if they did not treat Ontario businesses fairly, there would be consequences,” said the premier.
The move follows an aggressive lobbying campaign by Wynne and several cabinet ministers, who made a number of trips to the U.S. over concerns about Buy American provisions and the uncertainty over the North American Free Trade Agreement.