President Barack Obama described problems created for Canada by the U.S. stimulus' "Buy American" restriction as isolated. "This in no way has endangered the billions of dollars of trade taking place between our two countries," he said. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper lobbied Obama for an exemption that would help Canadian exporters but returned home after trade talks in Guadalajara, Mexico, largely empty-handed. Canadian businesses have complained that they are forced to compete with U.S. firms inside Canada but are increasingly blocked from competing for business within the U.S.
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