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Canadian Minister Admits ‘loopholes’ in Checking Bias in Housing

Canada’s Minister of Works, Dave Walker, conceded today there are some “loopholes” in Canada’s National Housing Act regarding discriminations in the sale or rental of property on the grounds of race, color, creed and place of origin. Mr. Walker made that admission in replying to a brief, seeking the end of such discriminations, filed here by the Canadian Labor Congress.

The Labor group sought an amendment to the National Housing Act to forbid such bias. In his reply, Mr. Walker stated that the introduction of an amendment now would amount to “half-baked legislation that would not stand up in court.” He assured labor, however, that he is in touch with the Dominion’s Department of Justice “to see if there isn’t some way to close the loophole.”