Oct 3, 2015
Updated: All-Party debate puts refugee issues in federal election spotlight
puts refugee issues in federal election spotlight
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
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 Hal Berman, candidate
for York Centre. The Liberal Party of Canada will be represented by Rob
Oliphant, candidate for Don Valley West. The Green Party of Canada will be
represented by Adnan Shahbaz, candidate for Oakville – North Burlington. We have
invited the Conservative Party of Canada to attend the debate as well and are
waiting for a candidate to be named.
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: http://www.jran.ca and http://www.darcheinoam.ca.
What: An all-party debate on Canada’s refugee
policies organized by the Jewish – Refugee Action Network and Congregation Darchei
Confirmed candidates – Liberal Party
candidate Rob Oliphant, New Democratic Party candidate Hal Berman, Green Party
candidate Adnan Shahbaz
Candidate TBD – Conservative 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,
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.
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