I have never accepted the assumption that minority communities like ours engage government solely on issues of parochial concern. To the contrary, the Jewish community has a long, rich history of contributing to public policy for the betterment of broader Canadian society. As the advocacy agent of Jewish Federations of Canada–UIA and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is currently active on a variety of files that reflect the diversity of Jewish policy interests and our collective commitment to support vulnerable non-Jewish communities.
First, we have taken a lead role in building an interfaith coalition to strengthen Canada’s hate crime laws. While this initiative began long before the horrific attack on a Quebec City mosque, that atrocity only underscores the dangers of bigotry – and the need for robust laws to counter hate crimes. [Read more…]