Canada still concerned by Buy American language

Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:13pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada remains concerned by language in the U.S. stimulus bill that contains a "buy American" clause, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday.

The U.S. Congress was expected to approve on Friday the $787 billion package including the "buy American" provision, which has aroused concerns among trade partners and some U.S. business groups.

"There were some improvements as this went through the congressional process but obviously all of us remain concerned, and I think (U.S.) President (Barack) Obama himself has said that he wants to ensure that the stimulus packages do not lead to protectionist measures in the United States or anywhere else," Harper told a televised news conference in Montreal.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)