Two of Canada's largest unions are urging the federal government to adopt a Buy Canadian policy similar to the proposal that has been criticized in the United States.Update: Crampton relies (from the comments section)
At a joint press conference on Tuesday morning, the Canadian Auto Workers and the United Steelworkers said Ottawa should adopt a procurement policy that ensures the majority of public funds are spent on goods and services made in Canada.
You're surprised that Canadian unions would advance this proposal?No I'm not surprised. I would expect to see a lot more of this kind of thing in many other countries, including New Zealand, in the near future.
Harper's been on a bail-out blowout of late. Hopefully he knocks back this bit of protectionism. Big picture, though, it's probably helpful that he has some pressure on him for this sort of thing, if only because it might help him to get an exemption to the US buy-American rules in exchange for his standing up to the overwhelming public demand etc.