American Woman, on 25 February 2012 - 02:59 PM, said: I'm curious. What does the U.S.'s system of measurement have to do with Canada? In other words, how do you think what we do would have an effect on what happens in Canada?
A lot - as two major trading partners it causes difficulties if the systems of measurement aren't compatible.
In looking into this, it does create some problems - but for the U.S., not Canada.
Congress, recognizing the necessity of the United
States’ conformance with international standards for
trade, included new encouragement for U.S.
industrial metrication in the Omnibus Trade and
Competitiveness Act of 1988. This legislation
amended the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and
designates the metric system as the Apreferred
system of weights and measures for United States
trade and commerce.” The legislation states that the
Federal Government has a responsibility to assist
industry, especially small business, as it voluntarily
converts to the metric system of measurement.
Federal agencies were required by this legislation,
with certain exceptions, to use the metric system in
their procurement, grants and other business-related
activities by the end of 1992. While not mandating
metric use in the private sector, the Federal
Government has sought to serve as a catalyst in the
metric conversion of the country’s trade, industry,
The current effort toward national metrication is
based on the conclusion that industrial and
commercial productivity, mathematics and science
education, and the competitiveness of American
products and services in world markets, will be
enhanced by completing the change to the metric
system of units. Failure to complete the change
will increasingly handicap the Nation’s industry