Canada-US relations still remain strained despite repeated bilateral meetings
Ottawa/IBNS: Canada-US relationship on their shared priorities and close ties as longtime allies is still constrained despite several days of bilateral meetings between the two countries, media reports said.
Despite joint commitments between Canada and US leaders and officials on tackling climate change, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and securing the release of detained Canadians in China Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, US 'Buy American' policy strains the relationship between the two countries.
As Canada is one of the strong trading partners in the world with a "vibrant commercial and trade relationship", there is a potential of going forward in building more resilient supply chains in making the trade relationship with the US even stronger.
But the main hurdle Canada needs to resolve is the US "Buy American" policy in determining how to be able to tap into the US supply of COVID-19 vaccines, when Joe Biden, President of United States signed an executive order promoting the purchase, production, and development of made-in-America goods.
In addition, former US President Donald Trump's executive order ensuring vaccine manufacturers prioritizing US contracts before exporting doses elsewhere has not been reversed by Biden.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)