Canada open to U.S. proposals on magazine rules

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OTTAWA--Canada would consider reworking its controversial magazine law, but only if the U.S. comes up with an acceptable proposal, reports Canada's national news service.

New Canadian initiatives over magazines have sparked friction between the two countries as Canada's Parliament considers Bill C-55, which would ban U.S. and other foreign magazines from carrying Canadian ads in special Canadian editions, known as "split-run" titles.

"We've given them [the U.S.] some background discussion," Canadian Press quotes Heritage Minister Sheila Copps as saying. "I think the onus is on them to work on some proposals, not to simply review the proposals that we previously reviewed."

Canada added an amendment to delay im-plementation of the new rules to give the two countries more time to discuss the law, which Canadian officials believe will hold up to any U.S. challenge at the World Trade Organization. "The fact that they seem very reluctant to take it to the WTO underscores our belief that we are on solid ground," says Ms.Copps.

Copyright February 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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