Canada to Introduce Comprehensive Anti-boycott Reporting Mechanism

The government of Canada has decided to introduce legislation which will establish a comprehensive reporting mechanism for all Canadian companies involved in trading with Arab countries. The decision to introduce legislation was greeted by the Canada-Israel Committee “as a most welcome development.”

The committee, representing the Canadian Zionist Federation, Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai B’rith, considers that “the data provided by this legislation will enable both the government and the Canadian public to determine the scope of the (Arab) boycott in Canada and whether further federal action is required.”

The changes in the existing guidelines, the committee added, “should significantly strengthen the government’s present policy. Taken together, the measures constitute an important improvement on the Canadian government’s previous policy.” The communique was signed by Norman May, national chairman of the Canada-Israel Committee.

Jack Horner, the Minister of Trade and Commerce, plans to introduce a bill in Parliament early this fall requiring companies to list whatever restrictions they have agreed to for foreign sales.

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