Canada waits for outcome of talks

Canadian minister Martin Cauchon is awaiting the outcome of talks between Grand Prix organizer Normand Legault and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay to decide what the best course of action for the future will be. Cauchon said the federal government...

Canadian minister Martin Cauchon is awaiting the outcome of talks between Grand Prix organizer Normand Legault and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay to decide what the best course of action for the future will be. Cauchon said the federal government is not planning to withdraw its decision to ban tobacco advertising and wants the Canadian GP to go ahead without teams using tobacco sponsor logos.

"We want to be sure we can maintain the Grand Prix in Montreal and also ensure that we can have a race go forward without any tobacco brands being used," Cauchon told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

"What I can tell you is, I am the minister responsible for Quebec, I am aware of the impact of the Grand Prix, not only on the greater Montreal region, on Quebec and Canada as well and I will do whatever I can to ensure that we can maintain this event."

It was recently reported that a delay on the tobacco advertising ban has been proposed. The ban is due to come into force in October this year but the proposal is to wait until 2006 when the FIA's own ban takes effect. However, Health Minister Anne McLellan said the government has "no intent of changing our law. It's a very effective law in terms of tobacco reduction."

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