TORONTO, ON – Today, the Government of Canada announced the appointment of the Honourable Irwin Cotler as the country’s first Special Envoy for Promoting Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.
In response, Jeffery R. Rosenthal and Joel Reitman, Co-Chairs, CIJA Board of Directors issued the following.
“We applaud the appointment of the Honourable Irwin Cotler as Canada’s first Special Envoy for Promoting Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism. In this capacity, Mr. Cotler will lead the Canadian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Anti-Jewish racism is a cancer, and there is no one more qualified than Mr. Cotler to lead the fight against it on Canada’s behalf on the international stage,” said Jeffrey R. Rosenthal, Co-Chair, CIJA Board of Directors
“Mr. Cotler is a Canadian icon who has been tirelessly advocating for human rights for decades. Canada has demonstrated leadership by creating the position of special envoy, in discussion for months, and we are pleased Mr. Cotler was chosen to fill this important role,” added Joel Reitman, Co-Chair, CIJA Board of Directors.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada