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    Large-scale survey of residential manufacturers’ perceptions about quality Canadian purchasing

    The summer will be an ideal time for the “Well Made Here” team to explore avenues of collaboration, and even a partnership, with the federal government. The first meetings with grant program administrators and ministerial officials bode well: their ears are open and our purpose is appreciated. The ball is in our court, therefore two initiatives will be proposed to participating businesses next week.

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    Border Services Agency tackles unfair advantage of importers over manufacturers

    In order to protect the competitiveness of Canadian businesses and respond to the growing volume of electronic commerce, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proposing amendments to the Valuation for Duty Regulations that will strengthen the legislative and regulatory frameworks to help Canadian importers compete on a level playing field with foreign-based importers and address the loss of customs revenue to the government.

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    Democratic values as a competitive advantage for Canadian products

    The Canadian Press recently reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a public debate at the University of Ottawa, argued that instead of turning their backs on Chinese-made products altogether, companies should opt more often for materials and products from countries that have less impact on climate change and where workers’ rights are respected.

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