This is disgusting. Since Congress wouldn't back off of the Buy American clauses, weak as they were, in the first stimulus bill (ARRA), the Obama administration is going to destroy those requirements via executive order.
Since Mr. Obama cannot rely on Congress to pass legislation exempting Canada from Buy American provisions, the complicated deal will rely on the President using his executive power to treat sectors of the Canadian economy as American, by claiming supply chains are so integrated they cannot be separated.
When confirmed, the agreement will be a major relief for Canadian companies doing business in the United States, not to mention for U.S-based companies who export north of the border. The U.S. Recovery and Reinvestment Act included sections that all iron, steel and manufactured goods used in projects paid for by stimulus funding must be sourced in the United States.
While resolution of Buy American will be a major boost for the Conservative government's policy of engagement with the Obama Administration, the President's current dip in popularity could have an adverse impact in other areas of Canada-U.S. policy co-operation.
That's your tax dollars, supposedly going to help the U.S. middle class, instead going to Canada and helping Canadian businesses and the Canadian economy.
Great! Can Americans now invade Canada and get their health care? Can Americans now invade Canada and get the jobs which will be created by this maneuver? It's their tax dollars after all.