Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Minister Kenney issues statement on the final report of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism

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.”