The recent entry of online retailer into the Canadian e-tailing scene through the start of the website has caused some controversy. The Canadian Booksellers Association claims that the company is violating Canadian laws that restrict foreign ownership of booksellers. This claim has led to an examination by the Department of Canadian Heritage to see if Amazon is breaching the Investment Canada Act. For its part, Amazon claims that the Canadian ownership laws do not apply to it since it remains a U.S. company with no Canadian presence. Amazon's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, has even accused the company's Canadian competitor, Indigo Books & Music Inc., of political meddling. Amazon's argument may have some merit in that the giant e-tailer's Canadian operations are carried out via outsourcing and the whole presence of the online retailer in Canada is confined to a single manager. Canadian Booksellers Association Department of Canadian Heritage To view a copy of the Investment Canada Act, visit:


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