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Canadian Groups Voice Approval of Government’s Anti-bias Law

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Spokesmen for 17 Canadian, groups appeared before the Parliamentary Industrial Relations Committee to voice their approval of the government’s new anti-discrimination law, which had already received second reading–approval in principle.

Saul Hayes, executive director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said Jewish graduate engineers were being refused jobs with some firms although there was a shortage of engineers throughout Canada. Kalmen Kaplansky of Montreal, director of the Jewish Labor Committee, showed the committee members an application form used by a Montreal firm on which questions dealing with race and religion had been typed in. The application form had been printed in Toronto, where such questions were outlawed.

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