Bravo! At last! A fitting rebuke to the "Free Trade" fraud and U.S. blackmail:
Canada should pursue 'Buy Canadian' strategy: Layton[/url]
Canada should adopt a "Buy Canadian" strategy in response to the "Buy American" clause included in the proposed U.S. stimulus package, NDP Leader Jack Layton urged Tuesday.
During question period in the House of Commons, Layton said that there's a "golden opportunity" to boost slumping domestic sales with a "perfectly legal and appropriately designed 'Buy Canadian' strategy."
"The United States has had a 'Buy American' act for 76 years," Layton said. "It's perfectly legal under the World Trade Organization, and, in fact, under NAFTA, governments are allowed to buy at home in order to use taxpayers' money to create jobs for workers and to support communities and their industries.
"Mexico, China, Japan, South Korea, they all have national procurement policies, and it would be a good idea for Canada. Can the prime minister tell us what's wrong with a 'Buy Canadian' policy as permitted under continental and global trade rules?"
The oil and gas barons' Stephen Harper's answer:
"That is not advice that we will be taking," Harper said.
Finally, the NDP has an issue on which it can lead - if it sticks to its guns.