A Calgary alderman is concerned about the ripple effects of United States “Buy American” protectionism could have on the city.

Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver expressed concern over the possible consequences of Canada’s biggest exporter buying from within its own country only during the recession.

“It could be very damaging to Canada but the effects will also be felt within Alberta and Calgary,” McIver said.

McIver is worried if Ontario’s manufacturing companies are hit hard, people will be seeking jobs in Alberta.

“I’m not against people moving into the province, but I think we just need to plan for if there is mass migration to the area,” he said.

He added Alberta’s energy sector could be a popular job choice.

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