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Statement by International Trade Minister Ed Fast on the American Jobs Act

(No. 263 - September 14, 2011 - 10:10 a.m. ET) The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today issued the following statement on U.S. President Obama’s recent legislative proposals - the American Jobs Act:

“On September 8, 2011, U.S. President Obama outlined his proposals for the American Jobs Act.   

“The U.S. Administration has just released details of the American Jobs Act. The Administration is proposing the inclusion of Buy American provisions as a part of the infrastructure funding proposal.

“Our government is committed to delivering free trade leadership and Canadians can count on our government to defend free and open trade on the world stage.

“In this fragile economic recovery, we know history has shown protectionist measures stall growth and kill jobs.

“I have instructed Canadian officials to initiate the consultation process that was established as part of the 2010 Canada-U.S. Agreement on Government Procurement.

“Our government will raise with the Obama Administration and Congress concerns regarding measures that impede access for Canadian workers and businesses to the U.S. market, as we did for earlier U.S. stimulus programs.”

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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway

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