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Ontario limits use of New York iron to push back against Buy American law

Last Updated Apr 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm EDT

President Donald Trump show off the signed executive memorandum on investigation of steel imports, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. United Steel Workers International President Leo W. Gerard, left, looks at the pen that was used to sign the document. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Ontario government is pushing back against New York State’s Buy American law by limiting public sector procurement with suppliers in that state.

A new regulation that took effect Sunday restricts government contracts with New York State suppliers, specifically when it comes to the use of structural iron.

In a statement Monday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the move is a response to legislation that took effect in New York State this weekend requiring the use of American-made iron in certain government road and bridge construction projects.

Wynne says Ontario’s regulation is meant to level the playing field, and will immediately be repealed if New York State abandons its Buy American restrictions.

“I have consistently supported open and competitive procurement because it helps create good jobs on both sides of the border, but it has to be a two-way street,” she said.

“When Ontario workers and businesses are threatened by protectionist U.S. actions I have no choice but to respond.”

Last month, Ontario legislators passed a law allowing the province to retaliate against any state that adopts Buy American provisions, calling it a necessary protection for the province’s workers and businesses.

The opposition parties have panned the move as a reckless and desperate attempt to shore up votes ahead of the spring election.

The Ontario government is pushing back against New York State’s Buy American law by limiting public sector procurement with suppliers in that state.