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Canada's premiers want Ottawa to seek exemption on Buy American measures

Canada's premiers want the federal government to seek an exemption from the United States from its Buy American measures. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Quebec Premier Francois Legault held a news conference Wednesday after the morning session of the annual premier's conference in Saskatoon. Moe says the federal government needs to lobby more with the U.S. and negotiate an exemption for Canadian businesses. The Buy American measures require 65 per cent local content on public transportation projects and that assembly be done south of the border. Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said it's that requirement that has led to Bombardier announcing plans to lay off half of its workforce in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Canadian Press