‘Buy American’ agreement is a positive step forward

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Ottawa, February 5, 2010 - The BC 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 towards continued engagement with our largest trading 
partner,” said John Winter, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. 
The agreement puts Canadian and BC companies in a better position to benefit from remaining 
U.S. infrastructure stimulus funding, and establishes a mechanism for negotiating further 
access to U.S. markets. 

“While more work needs to be done to counter protectionism in the United States, this 
agreement places us in a stronger position than our competitors to receive U.S. stimulus 
funding,” added Mr. Winter. “This is also the result of greater co-operation between 
provinces, territories and the federal government – a long-awaited, but very welcome 
accomplishment. The depth of the joint federal-provincial offer, and the speed at which it was 
put forth, is an important precedent which puts us in a good position for negotiating 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 Winter. 

For further details, please contact:

John Winter
President & CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce
C 604.376.3577
jwinter@bcchamber.org