Mr. Speaker, I rise today to condemn yesterday’s acquittal of David Ahenakew following his trial for promoting hatred against Jews.
What Mr. Ahenakew said in 2002 was repulsive and he should have been held to account for wilfully encouraging hatred toward the world’s Jewish community. This follows CUPE’s anti-Semitic resolution from this weekend to boycott Israeli professors simply because of their nationality and political views.
Anti-Semitism has no place in Canada or any society that stands for our values of tolerance, respect and freedom for all individuals regardless of race or nationality.
I call on all members of the House to stand up in defence of Israel and Canada’s Jewish population, and condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms.