The Council of Europe and Amnesty International have acknowledged that the Roma communities in Europe are subjected to psychological and physical violence by groups of non-Roma European citizens who are waging a war of hatred and endemic discrimination toward them.

Gina Csanyi-Robah


Oct 1, 2015

All-Party debate puts refugee issues in federal election spotlight


Media Advisory


All-Party debate puts refugee issues in federal election spotlight


As refugee policy issues continue to factor heavily in the current federal election campaign, the Jewish–Refugee Action Network (JRAN) and Congregation Darchei Noam are pleased to announce that they will be holding a public, all-party debate on October 8th at 7:00 pm.  From government cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program to the controversial Designated Country of Origin list to conflicting party responses to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, Canadians are engaged with refugee issues as never before, and where the parties stand may affect decisions at the ballot box. The refugee experience resonates specifically with members of the Jewish community, which is why JRAN and Darchei Noam have taken the lead in organizing this debate.


All parties have been invited to participate in the October 8th, event, and the candidate representatives will be afforded equal time to speak and respond to questions. The New Democratic Party of Canada will be represented by Noah Richler, candidate for Toronto—St. Paul’s. The Liberal Party of Canada will be represented by Rob Oliphant, candidate for Don Valley West. We have invited both the Conservative Party of Canada and the Green Party of Canada to attend the debate as well and are waiting for their candidates to be named.


Following a set of panel questions, the meeting will be opened up to an audience question-and-answer session. More information on the organizing groups is available here: and


What: An all-party debate on Canada’s refugee policies organized by the Jewish – Refugee Action Network and Congregation Darchei Noam



Confirmed candidates – Liberal Party candidate Rob Oliphant, New Democratic Party candidate Noah Richler

Candidates TBD –Conservative Party and Green Party

Moderator – Yoni Goldstein, Editor, Canadian Jewish News

Questions to panel – Board members of the Jewish–Refugee Action Network


When: 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 8th, 2015


Where: Congregation Darchei Noam, 864 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON


Why: to provide a forum for members of the Jewish community and the broader public to learn where the parties stand on various issues affecting refugees.




For media inquiries please contact:


Christopher Holcroft

Principal, Empower Consulting



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