Question 1: Why is it so confusing when we talk about Buy America, Buy American and America First?
Question 2: Is one more of a threat than the other in terms of long-term trade with the U.S. for Canada?
Question 3: What triggers do people need to be aware of that gives them a sense that something is coming out of Washington that could cause ripples in trade?
Question 4: How do you stay on top of the issues?
Question 5: Are there good sources of information for Canadian companies to watch out for those triggers?
Question 6: What sectors are more impacted than others and what would those specific triggers be for those sectors?
Question 7: Is there any advice you can provide in the short-term and longer-term when it comes to dealing with uncertainty in trade?
Question 8: Is it causing problems for companies at the border yet?
Question 9: Are services covered in any of these?
Question 10: Are there any issues getting their people to and from the U.S.?
Question 11: Any strategies to deal with that?
Question 12: In your opinion, how big is the threat that America First will force states, cities to use only local talent regardless of price tag?
Question 13: I recently read about an exemption — that if an RFP goes out and the price to use an American company is 25 per cent higher than that of, say, a Canadian company’s bid, that the states aren’t required to use Buy America and Buy American. Is that so?
Question 14: Generally speaking, who’s affected and who isn’t?
Question 15: Is Canada treated the same way as other countries?
Question 16: Are there any exemptions that a Canadian company could be considered for?