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ITAR impediments

The federal government needs to ensure that the aerospace industry is freed of ITAR impediments as quickly as possible.


December 31, 2007
By Drew McCarthy


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The ITAR issue for Canadian aerospace companies threatens to create a
critical confrontation. The rules violate the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms and a number of provincial charters. The QHRC
rulings will soon be released and the federal government will be placed
in a difficult position if it is unable to convince the Americans to
make amendments.

Should a resolution not be forthcoming, Canadian companies will be
forced to either avoid signing U.S. defence contracts or become parties
to contracts that are in violation of Canadian law. At a time when
there is growing pressure from international competition and a high
Canadian dollar, Canada’s aerospace industry can little afford such a
dilemma. The federal government needs to ensure that the industry is
freed of ITAR impediments as quickly as possible


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