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Van Loan criticizes the Council of Canadians on Buy American

The Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan writes in a letter to the editor in The Guardian today that, “It is hardly surprising that the Council of Canadians again opposes any effort to promote free and open trade in the world. However, I do find it surprising that they lack confidence in the ability of Canadian workers and businesses to compete on the world stage. …The only thing the council suggests we ‘gave away’ is, in fact, the right to engage in a trade war of protectionist measures that would cost jobs and hurt the economies of both our countries. With the economic challenges facing the world today, the last thing Canadian workers need is a costly, drawn-out trade war with our number one trading partner. …While the Council of Canadians may prefer to turn back the clock, our government prefers to create opportunities for Canadian businesses and workers in the global economy, not limit them.”

The Minister wrote in response to The Guardian article from the weekend which extensively quoted Council of Canadians vice-chair Leo Broderick critiquing the Buy American deal. That report is at http://canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=2934.

To respond to this, please take action by going to our ‘ACTION ALERT: We need parliamentary and provincial hearings on the Buy American deal’ at http://canadians.org/action/2010/buy-american-feb22.html.

To read the Minister’s letter, go to http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=329173&sc=104.