When government and stakeholders work together

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Shimon Koffler Fogel

September 16, 2022

We're pleased that, after engaging with CIJA and other representatives from the Jewish community, the Hon. Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, announced steps the federal government has now taken in response to the inappropriate funding received by Laith Marouf and the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC).

The clear policy changes and measures they put in place are substantial and will ensure such a situation does not happen again.

“This is a great example of how – when government and stakeholders work together – real progress can be made. Though the failures that led to CIJA’s intervention, challenging the Canadian Heritage’s anti-racism program, should never have happened, I offer unqualified praise for the ministry’s comprehensive response that acknowledged responsibility and correctly put into place measures both to correct the error and prevent its recurrence. Minister Hussen also committed to working with CIJA to ensure that this was a “whole of government” response and the procedures implemented would extend to all departments who award contracts to third parties. Following through on this pledge will lead to high confidence that the values promoted by the government are reflected in the orientation and work of their partners outside government.”


Shimon Koffler Fogel
President and CEO
Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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About Shimon Koffler Fogel
President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.