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Ontario Must Pursue Bilateral Cooperation with American Neighbours: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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Find below a copy of the press release that the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released in response to the Ontario government introducing the Fairness in Procurement Act. If passed, the legislation would allow Ontario to take “responsive action” to government procurement practices being implemented in New York State and Texas, and considered in other states.

The OCC also wrote to state chambers in Texas, Oregon, California, Ohio, Colorado, New York, Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana, asking them to work with us in pursuing bilateral agreements through our respective state and provincial governments.

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is in favour of the Fairness in Procurement Act and supports the letters sent by the OCC. We will continue to advocate on your behalf regarding this, and encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have.

PRESS RELEASE:

Ontario Must Pursue Bilateral Cooperation with American Neighbours: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Toronto, February 20, 2018 – Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the following statement on the government’s legislation that would allow the Province to respond to “Buy American” laws enacted by American states.

“Positive diplomatic relations should always be our priority when it comes to trade discussions. With the Fairness in Procurement Act, we understand that the Government’s intention is to respond to barriers rather than escalate them. However, we are concerned with any approach that risks escalation of trade
barriers, especially when it is taken only by Ontario. No other province in Canada has legislation in place that would escalate trade sanctions when they occur.

“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce believes that the best approach for Ontario is the formation of positive bilateral cooperation with our American neighbours. We applaud the Premier and her Government for taking this approach to date and we must continue to do so.”

“Today, we wrote to state chambers in Texas, Oregon, California, Ohio, Colorado, New York, Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana, asking them to work with us in pursuing bilateral agreements through our respective state and provincial governments.”

“When it comes to trade, our members have told us they want our Government to aggressively advocate on their behalf. However, we need to do that in a cooperative manner to ensure prosperity and competitiveness for Ontario businesses. We will continue to work with both the Government of Ontario and our American neighbours to advance positive economic cooperation and positive trade relations.”

For more information about the Ontario Chamber Network’s views on trade, please see our recent survey release here.

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For more information, please contact:

Ceara Copps-Edwards, Communications Advisor
647.243.3562 | cearacoppsedwards@occ.ca.