Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

July 08, 2011 15:52 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement on the Final Report of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on yesterday's release of the final report of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism:

"Following the release of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism's (CPCCA) final report, I want to take the opportunity to thank members of the CPCCA, and particularly its co-chairs, Scott Reid and Mario Silva, for their important work in investigating and combating the uniquely durable evil that is anti-Semitism.

"After two years of study, the CPCCA has concluded what has long been suspected: incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise in Canada, and especially on university campuses, where 'Israeli Apartheid Week' has been a fixture in recent years.

"I am proud of the leadership role that Canada is taking to combat anti-Semitism together with all forms of racism and xenophobia. Last November in Ottawa, I joined fellow parliamentarians and experts from more than 50 countries at the second conference of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). The conference – which the CPCCA helped organize – ratified the Ottawa Protocol, which complements Canada's efforts to engage the global community in the struggle against hatred and anti-Semitism.

"As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said, 'Anti-Semitism is a pernicious evil that must be exposed, that must be confronted, that must be repudiated, whenever and wherever it appears.'

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I applaud the CPCCA's work in this regard, and I call on all Canadians to reject anti-Semitism. All forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance and xenophobia are unacceptable and completely contrary to Canada's fundamental values."

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Candice Malcolm

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
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