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