Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy


Craig Garbe

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English Abstract

In early 2009 the US government introduced The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a massive direction of US stimulus spending to kickstart the US economy. The ARRA contained clauses which made some stimulus spending at the sub-federal level conditional on the purchase of US goods and services. While certainly not a novel American response, the restrictive provisions of the ARRA attracted much Canadian attention. This paper examines the current status of Canadian sub-federal procurement law, in light of agreements reached between Canada and the US in response to the ARRA. It argues that the Canadian response to the ARRA is problematic based on the historical and current practice of sub-federal procurement by the Canadian government.