Ya know that meager, token Buy American clause in the Stimulus? Well, surprise, surprise, of course they are still out to kill it. So here comes Canada, now seeking an exemption in order to bid on U.S. contracts.
In USTR Kirk: Deal With Canada On 'Buy American' Not Yet Sealed, of course our U.S. trade representative is trying to subvert a clause passed by Congress and ship U.S. taxpayer stimulus money off to Canada, instead of U.S. manufacturers. It appears the new plan is to just give U.S. manufacturers priority, uh huh in contract bids.
"We don't have it nailed down, but I'm going to talking with (Canada's International Trade) Minister (Stockwell) Day this afternoon on another matter," U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told reporters after a delivering a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "But they have presented us what they think might be a resolution that would allow them to more fully engage in this market. We're working very collaboratively."
Kirk's comments come after the CBC reported that a pact to exempt Canada from the controversial Buy American provision is imminent. The report, which cited Canadian government sources, said the agreement would provide U.S. companies access to business with Canadian provinces and municipalities.
The provision is deeply unpopular north of the border, where businesses complain that they don't have access to contracts funded with stimulus dollars.
Remember that the entire idea of the Stimulus was to give U.S. government contracts to U.S. companies so supposedly that money would trickle down and hire U.S. workers?
Well, what I want to know is since we are giving away our tax dollars to Canada instead, does this mean I can drive up to Canada and receive some decent health care for free?