Buy American 2017: Is It Just The Current Version Of The Same Old Song?

Posted on May 16, 2017


Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to talk with then Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day regarding what was at the time a contentious issue between Canada and our neighbor to the south.

I am of course talking about the swirling controversy regarding the Buy American legislation that according to the Minister had more to do with appeasing American public opinion as opposed to any real economic imperative.

In other words, it was based more on protectionism than practicality, fear more than an actual threat.

It was, of course, the Minister’s expressed belief that popular American opinion surrounding protectionism was the basis for Congressional support of the conditions associated with the stimulus bill that would block Canadian firms from accessing the US government market, versus the existence of legitimate economic imperatives.  In short, the U.S. Congress was yielding to public sentiments. – Procurement Insights, February 5th, 2010

I would like to invite you to listen to my interview with Trade Minister Day – it is only 8 minutes long, and tell me if you see similarities between Buy American then and Buy American now under the Trump Administration. Here is the link:

I will be sharing my thoughts on an upcoming segment of the PI Window On The World Show.


Former Canadian Trade Minister Stockwell Day


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