In August 2022, it was revealed that support from the Government of Canada, including anti-racism funding, had gone to an organization that provided a platform to Laith Marouf, who has a long history of public and extreme anti-Jewish, anti-Black, and anti-French positions. This was not an isolated incident, and CIJA calls for a whole-of-government response to stop these incidents from happening again.
That the Government of Canada to implement policies that will prevent taxpayers’ funds from going to organizations that give a platform to hate. This should include:
A full review by Canadian Heritage’s on funding and vetting policies.
Updating the Anti-Racism Action Program and the Anti-Racism Strategy to address the issue.
Setting clear policies cross-government so that recipients of funding do not violate the government’s anti-racism policies, including the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
Training government decision-makers on anti-racism and antisemitism.