TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued a statement indicating relief that New York State has dropped Buy American provisions from its budget.
The Ontario government and other stakeholders had feared the protectionist policy, if enacted, would make it tougher for Canadian industries including the construction sector to sell goods and services in the state. Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid and International Trade Minister Michael Chan had travelled to the state capital Albany in March to press the Canadian case.
Wynne released a statement on April 7 on the development.
"I am pleased that New York State has dropped Buy American provisions from its budget," said Wynne. "Ontario's economy is deeply interconnected with New York State's and that relationship supports good jobs and growth in both of our regions. This decision recognizes lawmakers' commitment to building on that strong relationship.
"The result also supports and sustains the economic opportunities created for people in Ontario and New York through open access to government procurement."
Trade between Ontario and New York State totalled US$22.7 billion in 2016.
Wynne's statement noted Monique Smith, Ontario's representative in Washington, D.C., has also visited Albany several times and that experts in the state budgeting process were also enlisted.
"Our government was also prepared to react quickly if discriminatory Buy American provisions had passed with the budget. Cabinet met last week and discussed how that response would have included introducing legislation next week to allow Ontario to respond strongly to the Buy American policies," said Wynne.