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Conservative Party of Canada elects a new leader Aug. 21, and this list is a good starting point for them to show support for Canada’s Jewish community

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On Aug. 21, Canada will have a newly-elected leader of the Conservative Party, currently the Opposition party. The Conservatives have always been supportive of Israel, always stood against antisemitism, and have fought for the causes dear to the Jewish community in Canada.

With that in mind, whether the new leader remains head of the Opposition, or is eventually elected prime minister, the hope is that he or she will take action on these very important items.

I have polled various people from within the community to hear their thoughts. The following list is a snapshot in the form of a Top Ten Wish List:

10. Do not isolate Israel at the UN. Return Canada to Stephen Harper’s ways, and stand by Israel at this world body forum.

9. Defund UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency). The agency has long been known to be problematic. Aside from an ethics report, which found cases of serious abuses of power, nepotism, bullying and retaliation, it is widely known that UNRWA funds go to Palestinian schools, led by Hamas. Canada’s tax dollars should not be used to inculcate children with hatred towards Israel and Jews.

8. Strengthen economic ties between Canada and Israel. Israel is at the forefront of research and development in numerous fields, and Canada can benefit greatly from Israel’s innovations, and from increased trade. In light of Canada’s relationship woes with China, a closer bond between Canada and Israel would be beneficial for both countries. 

7. Apply Magnitsky statutes to countries violating human rights, including those involved in the atrocities being committed against the Uyghur and Yazidi populations. The Magnitsky statutes were originally known as the “Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.” This was a law that was passed to hold international “bad actors” accountable for their abuses, and to prevent corrupt officials from making money from these abuses all while living with impunity.

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6. Institute greater protection against the use of “lawfareby extremists seeking to shut debates on issues related to extremism.

5. Recognize Israel’s legal rights to the land by:

a)   moving the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem (the sky didn’t fall as we were promised it would when the U.S. moved theirs),

b)   recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and

c) declaring Jewish homes in the West Bank legal.

4. Pressure Ontario to end long-standing discrimination of only funding public and Catholic schools, to the exclusion of other parochial schools that espouse tolerance and democratic principles.

3. Keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Sadly, the number of remaining survivors is dwindling, and the number of Holocaust deniers is steadily increasing. Invest in Holocaust remembrance and teaching, by erecting monuments, memorials, and museums in large population centres around the country. Encourage the provinces to include Holocaust studies as part of the curriculum that culminate in trips to the memorials and museums.

Former CPC leader Andrew Scheer (3rd from right) and MP Peter Kent (4th from right) holding up a banner showing party support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the UJA Federation Walk with Israel in Toronto in 2018 | Photo: Andrew Scheer (Flickr)/Wikimedia Commons

2. Strengthen Canada’s fight against global terror by:

a) keeping Iran (and the IRGC in its entirety) listed as a terrorist entity,

b) committing to keep Iran’s embassy in Ottawa shuttered so long as Iran does not change its behaviour,

c) demanding the International Monetary Fund does not grant the $5-billion “sweetheart” loan to Iran,

d) committing to expand the number of countries currently listed in Canada as state sponsors of terror, and

e) taking appropriate action against the Palestinian Authority as a terror sponsor as long as it continues the “pay-for-slay” to terrorists who have murdered Jews.

And the #1 concern is the resurgent scourge of antisemitism in Canada and around the world.

The new Conservative leader can work to combat this ugly plague by:

a) widely adopting the IHRA’s international working definition of antisemitism in Canada’s public and political frameworks,

b) working aggressively to eliminate BDS agendas from college and university campuses,

c) tying government funding of educational institutions to those that respect Canada’s laws to counter hate speech, and encourage tolerance and respectful discourse among students, and

d) equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism and Jew hatred — call it what it is.

There is one runner-up to this Top 10: the next leader of the CPC should ensure general elections should never fall on Jewish religious holidays again. (I am happy to report that Stéphane Perrault, CEO of Elections Canada, recently contacted me for a list of all Jewish religious holidays and their approximate dates. I do not think there will be a repeat of an election taking place on Shemini Atzeret.)

In the name of being unified, Jewish advocacy groups in Canada should sign on to this list as lobby goals, encouraging political representatives to provide timelines when each of these will be adopted, and hold them to account.

Chani Aryeh-Bain is the federal Conservative Candidate of Record for Eglinton-Lawrence, Toronto. She is a passionate activist for her community and the Conservative Party of Canada while possessing a keen interest in international affairs. 

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