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Canadian Parliament Votes to Outlaw Discrimination in Employment

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The Canadian House of Commons has approved a bill to outlaw discrimination in employment for reasons of race, national origin, color or religion in fields where the Federal Government has labor jurisdiction. The measure becomes effective July 1.

During the debate on the measure, which passed the Upper House earlier, spokesmen for all opposition parties supported the bill. Some of them urged the government to undertake a program of education against discrimination as well.

Included in the legislation as it was finally adopted was the provision for banning discrimination on grounds of national origin, a point not included in the original bill and accepted later on the recommendation of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The measure also prohibits unions from denying membership on the same grounds.

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