Trade war with U.S. states would hurt Ontario economy

Last week, Texas lawmakers passed a protectionist “Buy American” bill, which would require public construction projects in the state to use iron and steel manufactured in the U.S. The bill, which now only requires the signature of the governor, was publicly criticized by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne who claimed that the “discriminatory” bill would severely hinder the trade relationship between Ontario and Texas.The new Texas bill is just the latest evidence of a shift toward protectionism in the United States. In April, the state of New York scrubbed a “Buy American” provision from its budget after a concerted lobbying effort

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