With the campaign for the October 19 federal election campaign well under way, the Communications and Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa organized a series of roundtable discussions with Ottawa-area candidates representing each of the four main national parties contesting the election between August 31 and September 3.
Each of the parties was asked to respond to a series of similar questions of concern to the Jewish community regarding Canada’s relationship with Israel; whether Canada should continue to apply sanctions on Iran in light of its nuclear program, state sponsorship of terrorism and calls for the destruction of Israel; the role of ethnic communities and their agencies in the planning , funding and delivery of federal social services; the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding Aboriginal residential schools; the Federal Security Infrastructure Program to protect at-risk communities from hate-motivated crimes; and on diplomatic interventions to secure restitution for Holocaust survivors.
The candidate turnout varied by party. The New Democratic Party was represented by the most number of candidates at seven. The Green Party sent four candidates; the Conservative Party, three; and the Liberal Party, two.