Canada interested in new US free trade deal

Canada is interested in a free trade deal with the United States that would open up local government procurements to both countries. The interest comes as Canadian companies continue to report difficulties in winning government contracts in US cities because of "Buy American" provisions in US President Barack Obama's stimulus bill. Kory Teneycke, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said Friday that Canada is interested in ending the practice of national preference at the local level in the US and Canada. Teneycke said it's premature to say if Canada would seek to open the North American Free Trade Agreement because they would need the support of all 10 Canadian provinces.