Canada’s ambassador to U.S. shares most Biden priorities, concerns about his ‘buy America’ plan

FILE Photograph: A girl watches as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Canada’s Primary Minister Justin Trudeau get there at the First Ministers’ conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s ambassador to the United States claimed on Sunday that while the two international locations have shared eyesight on quite a few troubles, President-elect Joe Biden’s financial plan is somewhat a lot more protectionist than what Canada would like.

Whilst Ottawa has been speedy to embrace of Biden in an work to flip the webpage on the Donald Trump era, the incoming U.S. administration’s “buy America” policy is worrying to Canada.

“I do think that he’s been quite apparent close to some of the aspects of his economic coverage that are a small far more protectionist than we would want to see,” Ambassador Kirsten Hillman instructed Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Biden’s financial plan claims a $400 billion expenditure in U.S.-designed items and suggests “when we invest taxpayer funds, we need to purchase American products”.

This could harm Canada because its economic climate is very dependent on United States, which usually takes 75% of all Canadian items exports.

Other than that, the two nations have widespread agenda on a lot of other insurance policies, Hillman explained.

“We are equally focusing on, initially and foremost, combating COVID, ensuring the protection and health and fitness of our citizens, respecting science…There is a ton of alignment on local weather plan…So, I necessarily mean, the list is lengthy of plan coordination,” she included.

Mired in a very long-jogging diplomatic dispute with China and weighing a attainable snap election this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has substantially riding on his ties with Biden.

Hillman stated Trudeau and Biden have a pretty warm and superior marriage. “So that is unquestionably going to be an asset.”

Reporting by Denny Thomas Editing by Lisa Shumaker