More than 20 employees banned from military project

U.S. policy forces Montreal company to remove 24 workers from project because of their nationalities
||Last Updated: 01/25/2007

An American policy has forced Montreal's Bell Helicopter to ban 24 employees from working on a U.S. military contract because of their nationalities.

The contract, to start in the spring, involves the assembly of up to 480 helicopters for the military.

The U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations does not allow citizens from 25 countries to work on strategic military weapons. Bell Helicopter asked the U.S. government to waive the policy but the request was denied last week.