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Should Canada be exempt from the Buy American clause?

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li-584-obama-cp.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama new American Jobs Act contains Buy American provisions. Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

The White House released a new American Jobs Act this week, and it contains one provision that could cause trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada, The Canadian Press reports.

President Obama's proposed new American Jobs Act is designed to help create jobs in the U.S., but one section in the act called "Buy American --Use of American Iron, Steel and Manufactured Goods" is reminiscent of a provision that caused friction between Canada and the U.S. back in 2009.
The new Buy American provision states that none of the funds provided by the jobs act can be used for public building and public works projects "unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States."

When a similar Buy American clause was introduced in 2009, Canada fought for, and eventually earned, a waiver from the provision.

The Canadian government has weighed in on the Buy American clause.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government will "continue to oppose protectionism and defend Canadian interest," adding that such a protectionist measure could negatively impact growth and jobs.
Were you surprised by the appearance of the Buy American clause in the new jobs act? Why or why not? Should Canada be exempt from the provision? Share your comments below.

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