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Canadian Minister Opposes Anti-boycott Laws

Federal Trade Minister Jack Homer has told the House of Commons that the government will not yield to demands by Canadian Jewish organizations to adopt anti-boycott legislation because “it might jeopardize trade with Arab states.” The Canada-Israel Committee and other Jewish groups have been urging laws that would make it illegal for a Canadian company to comply with the Arab boycott of Israel.

Horner said that “The government has to tread the middle way. If we please the Canadian-Israel Committee then we harm our chance of doing trade with the Arab states,” he said. The Canada-Israel Committee charged in a communique released June 7 that Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was “not protecting the civil rights of all Canadians, permitting the infringement of Canadian sovereignty and permitting foreign governments to restrict Canadian trading opportunities.”