Canada voices concerns about Biden's "Buy American" policy

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 25th, 2021 12:10 pm

Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Canada has voiced concern about President Biden's planned "Buy American" policies, saying that the move would hurt the $725 billion trade relationship between the two countries

The president is expected to sign an executive order urging federal agencies to purchase specifically from U.S. companies.

"President Biden is aware of it and the Prime Minister made that very clear that we are concerned about Buy American policies, because it actually harms our bilateral trading relationship which is so tightly integrated," Marc Garneau, Canada's foreign minister, said in a television interview with CBC News.

The two countries exchanged nearly $2 billion a day in goods and services in 2019, according to the U.S. State Department. Some industries have supply chains that cross the border.

"Sometimes, some of the products that we sell to the United States already have American components in them. And those are messages that we carried a lot during the Nafta 2 negotiations," Garneau said.

🔦 The concerns follow Biden canceling the installation of the Keystone XL pipeline.


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