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    Canadian Unions help prove economic ignorance  and protectionism are something America doesn’t hold the copyright on.

    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.

    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.

    There has been no formal comment on these requests from the Stephen Harper led government.

    In the meantime, the Group of Seven announced today plans to discuss at full length ‘plans to promote domestic consumption’ at their next meeting this weekend in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

     The U.S. “Buy American” policy will be in the spotlight at this weekend’s meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations, a senior Canadian finance official said on Tuesday.

    The official, briefing reporters on condition on anonymity, said the meeting would give ministers the chance to affirm a commitment to free trade and to discuss reforming financial institutions.

    He said the point to emphasize would be that measures to promote domestic consumption — a reference to the “Buy American” policy in the U.S. stimulus bill — are not helpful in promoting global growth and stability. He also said he expected some discussion of currencies.

    The controversial provisions were tamed in Senate debate to ensure all requirements for existing trade agreements will be honored at the Obama Administration’s request.  Their current fate remains at the mercy of the conference committee.

    President Obama’s first foreign trip is still scheduled to be February 19th to Canada.

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    4 Responses to Nice Idea, Where'd You Think of It?

    1. Jim Edwards, Tampa, says:

      Spending Philosophy of Government Employees – Needs to be changed.

      At the end of each year, government department heads get loose with what's left in their acount. They know that if they don't spend their budget dollars, they lose them. And the face possile reductions becuase their higher ups think they don't need as much as they were given. So they get wasteful. By showing they spend all their budget, they demonstrate the need or their department and funding for it.

      Solution:

      1) Allow departments to carry over savings until the next year.

      2) Do not penalize these departments becuase they do not spend all their budget.

      3) Reward department heads who are thrifty and save money.

    2. duelles, Santa Fe, N says:

      I do not care about buying American in particular. I like it when Caterpiller Tractor [CAT] and similar companies get contracts overseas. I like that China and other developing countries wish to subsidise my lifestyle at the expense of their own people. Maybe Treasuries should only be issued to American buyers/investors so that we truly control our own debt. Or . . . would that be idiocy?

      Years ago when I was in Advertising The Canadians had a Canadian content regulation. Perhaps, we should have our own media content regulation – only Americans can be in movies and appear in American TV shows and news programs? Or . . . would that be idiocy, too?

      The only American content law I know of, is that to be President one must be a natural born citizen. If we are not going to pursue the enforcement of that law, let all other laws be shams as well.

    3. Marshall Hill-Michig says:

      When we reward the thinkers, the LIBS are upset!

    4. Kevin, Pasadena CA says:

      I'm quite curious as to the comment by Duelles of Santa Fe (beautiful place to visit by the way) regarding the enforcement, or supposed lack there of, of the 'natural born' rule for holding the office of the President? What are you suggesting? Are you still of the mind that President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii? Please, move on. Critique his work as President, his leadership, the administration's ability to govern well and for all. We as a society waste far too much time and energy on the wrong issues and topics.

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