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Opposition Leader Steven Myers says it's imporatant to support local businesses. (CBC)

P.E.I. Opposition Leader Steven Myers is asking the province to follow Nova Scotia's lead and offer preferential treatment when it comes to purchasing goods from local manufacturers.

In the P.E.I. legislature on Friday, Myers tabled Nova Scotia's Sustainable Procurement Policy, which includes a clause authorizing government departments to give preference to local suppliers on purchases up to $10,000 for goods manufactured and produced in Nova Scotia.

"Which is important because we need to support our local business, particularly our small businesses in the province here because they are the backbone for our economy," he said. "So we want to make sure we're being as fair as we possibly can to our local producers."

Finance Minister Wes Sheridan said he suspects most government purchases under $10,000 are already coming from local producers, but he said he's willing to look at the policy.