Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Holiday / Jewish Holiday Greetings

 

Mrs. Susan Kadis (Thornhill, Lib.): Kadis.S@parl.gc.ca

"Mr. Speaker, a number of my constituents were recipients of mysterious Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Prime Minister. It was a mystery because they had no idea they were on such a government mailing list. One constituent, Michelle Kofman, was one of those Canadians. She wants to know two things: how does the Prime Minister know her religious affiliation and how did his office get her personal information?"

 

Hon. Jason Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), CPC): Kenney.J@parl.gc.ca

"Mr. Speaker, all members of this House I suspect, certainly all party leaders, send holiday greetings around the time of Christmas to millions of Canadians on publicly available lists. We make no apology for doing the same thing with Canada’s Jewish community to celebrate their important high holidays as well.

 

We believe, unlike the Liberals, in multiculturalism and celebrating all of our cultural communities’ holidays and important dates."

 

Mrs. Susan Kadis (Thornhill, Lib.):

"Mr. Speaker, Ms. Kofman and Canadians deserve a full and complete answer from the government. The Privacy Commissioner has been asked to investigate, one of three investigations involving the Prime Minister and the Conservative government.

 

Why is the government compiling lists of Canadians according to their religious and ethnic affiliation?"

 

Hon. Jason Kenney (Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity), CPC):

"Mr. Speaker, I promise the member opposite that if she sends me a Christmas card, I am not going to launch an investigation.

 

The fact of the matter is that Canada is a beautiful mosaic made up of people of different cultural and religious backgrounds. This government believes in sharing greetings with Canadians from all of those backgrounds at important times in different cultural and religious communities. We make no apology for doing so."