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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

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