Ottawa, —Following the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) by the House of Commons today, Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement:
"Counterfeit goods that enter the Canadian market not only harm our economy and businesses but also can be a dangerous threat to our consumers and families. That is why our government introduced the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which will give our border guards the tools they need to work with Canadian rights holders to stop illegal counterfeit goods from entering the country.
"These counterfeit, pirated or knock-off goods threaten the integrity of Canadian brands, undermine the hard work of successful Canadian businesses, support the activities of organized crime and are typically produced without any regard or consideration for Canadian health and safety standards.
"I am pleased to see the passage of Bill C-8 today by the House of Commons with all party support. Canadians are now one step closer to having a modern, effective protection regime at our borders. I look forward to the swift passage of this bill through the Senate. Canadians support it. Our market will be safer with it. And criminals will get the message: Canada is not open to your kind of business."
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