Hear the highlights from The CJN’s federal debate on Jewish issues

Ellin Bessner and Avi Finegold, CJN podcasters and moderators of the Sept. 13 debate on Jewish issues.

Last night, The CJN and CIJA hosted an election debate on issues that matter to the Jewish community. (Watch the full event here.) Our participants were Marco Mendicino, the Liberal minister of immigration; Michael Chong, the Conservative shadow critic for foreign affairs; and Hal Berman, a doctor and NDP candidate in Toronto.

The subjects ranged beyond Israel and combatting antisemitism. There are Jewish connections to climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and Canadian foreign policy beyond the Middle East.

We asked hard questions to each candidate: Could Berman clarify the NDP’s stance on the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement? How can the Conservatives reconcile a credible climate strategy with support for the oil and gas industry? And why do the Liberals continue to fund UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, despite its evident flaws?

In today’s episode, we’ve packaged the highlights from the evening, plus key takeaways from our post-show political panel as well.

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