Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Israel Independence Day

Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate Israel Independence Day.
Last week I joined the March of the Living at Auschwitz and observed the hideous scene of Nazi crimes. I witnessed there the resilience of the Jewish people, a people that has carved out of the desert one of the freest democracies on earth, in just six decades.
The Jewish state has no better friend than our Conservative Prime Minister, who has reversed the policy of his predecessors.
We were the first nation on earth to cut off aid funds to the Hamas government in Gaza, the first nation to abandon the Durban hate fest, and the only nation to block a proposed Francophonie resolution that singled out Israel.
Where once was barren sand.
Now there are trees.
Alive is the land.
The people are free.
Mazel tov and long live Israel.