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Mitchell Goldberg


Oct 3, 2015

Updated: All-Party debate puts refugee issues in federal election spotlight


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 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.


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: 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 Noam



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, 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.




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