Dion says Iran sanc­tions not good for Bom­bardier

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

OTTAWA — Main­tain­ing sanc­tions on Iran will only hurt Cana­dian com­pa­nies such as Mon­treal-based air­plane man­u­fac­turer Bom­bardier, says For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter Stephen Dion. Dion said Tues­day that Canada will lift a se­ries of sanc­tions on Iran fol­low­ing that coun­try’s his­toric nu­clear deal with six ma­jor western pow­ers ear­lier this month, but will main­tain oth­ers. That’s the same ap­proach fol­lowed by Canada’s al­lies, in­clud­ing the United States and the Euro­pean Union. Iran is anx­ious to do busi­ness with the West, as its pres­i­dent tours Europe sign­ing deals and look­ing for new ones. That in­cludes buy­ing air­craft and Iran says it has reached a deal with the French con­sor­tium Air­bus to buy jets. “If Air­bus is able to do it, why Bom­bardier would not be able to do it?” Dion said. “In which way it’s help­ing Canada or the Ira­nian peo­ple or Is­rael or any­one that Canada is hurt­ing its own in­dus­try?”

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