“Historic” free-trade agreement between Israel and Canada updates previous 1997 deal, aiming to double bilateral trade by eliminating duties for thousands of products, among them, canned goods and fresh produce.
• Israeli economy minister: Canada is one of Israel’s best friends and that this new agreement will bring more competition and reduce the cost of living in Israel.
By Eran Bar-Tal
Israel and Canada on Monday signed a modernized free trade agreement in what has been described as a historic step in the countries’ bilateral relations.
Canadian International Trade Minister Francois-Phillippe Champagne and Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen signed the revised agreement, officially referred to as the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, at the Montreal’s Federation CJA’s Gelber Conference Center. Continue Reading »
Canadian candidate, Kellie Leitch wrote, “In the wake of the recent UN vote and the comments of John Kerry, Canada must demonstrate its support for Israel. As Prime Minister, I will move the Canadian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”
By Dalit Halevy
Following the passage of the recent anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council and subsequent condemnation by US Secretary of State John Kerry of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem as being illegal, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada Kellie Leitch vowed to move the Canadian Embassy to Jerusalem if elected as Prime Minister. Continue Reading »
Trudeau’s government, as did former Liberal PM Paul Martin’s and Conservative PM Stephen Harper’s, continue to take the morally correct path by not voting against resolutions singling out only Israel, as Europe has joined the jackals of the United Nations.
By Dalit Halevi
Canada once again backed Israel at the UN last week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Photo: Reuters
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. Continue Reading »
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, ushering a group of over 100 Canadian politicians & business leaders, arrive in Israel to further expand on Canada-Israel cooperation.
By Gilad Morag
The Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, arrived in Israel at the head of a delegation of over 100 Canadian politicians and business leaders on Sunday.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne – Photo: Government of Ontario
Included in the delegation is Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, and Ontario Minister of and Development Reza Moridi, amongst others.
Ontario is the most populous province in Canada, and is also home to Toronto, the most populous city in Canada. Continue Reading »
Chief Evans explains, “Those of us from First Nations communities can appreciate the fascinating balance between modern & ancient that we see in Israel, & especially the sense of connection to the land of one’s ancestors.”
By Raphael Poch
Ron Evans aboriginal Chief and leader of the Norway House Cree Nation which hails from Northern Manitoba, believes that by exposing First Nations (aboriginal) youth to Israeli entrepreneurship it can help motivate them and enable them to succeed and achieve more in their own lives.
That’s why Evans is running a First Nations’ youth trip for members of his community to come to Israel and see how Israeli entrepreneurs operate. Continue Reading »
Stephane Dion, Canada’s Foreign Minister, “We must oppose the boycott, divest, & sanctions campaign in our communities & continue to speak out forcefully against them.”
By Erez Linn & News Agencies
The Canadian parliament is set to pass a bipartisan bill that would condemn any efforts to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons – Photo: Reuters
“We must fight anti-Semitism in all its forms,” said Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion. “We must oppose the boycott, divest, sanctions campaign in our communities and continue to speak out forcefully against them.”
The bill was introduced by two Conservative Party lawmakers, and the Liberal Party majority has indicated that it will support the motion. Continue Reading »
Canada’s Defense Minister: “Canada condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians that has resulted in a number of tragic deaths and injuries.”
By Dalit Halevi
Canada’s Defense and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is condemning the terrorist attacks across Israel and stressing that the Conservative party will continue to stand alongside Israel.
Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney – Reuters
“Canada condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians that has resulted in a number of tragic deaths and injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims,” Kenney wrote in a statement on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
Canada’s defense ministry purchases first ‘Medium Range Radar’ version of Israel’s Iron Dome for Cad$187.2 million.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Canada said Wednesday it will buy missile defense radars modeled after Israel’s Iron Dome from German defense contractor Rheinmetall.
Iron Dome – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The defense ministry put the cost of the 10 medium range radar systems at Cad$243.3 million ($187.2 million), according to AFP.
Canada’s National Defense Minister Jason Kenney hailed the deal, saying the technology had proved useful for Israel.
“Much like Israel’s successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations,” Kenney said. Continue Reading »
PM Harper welcomed the new treaty that replaces a 1997 agreement, saying, “Israel is a priority market for Canada and holds great potential for Canadian companies in a variety of sectors.”
By Shlomo Cesana
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday evening, following the conclusion of negotiations to expand and modernize the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [Archive] – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin
“Canada is one of Israel’s closest friends,” Netanyahu said. “We deeply appreciate our extensive and deep cooperation with the Canadian government, which has flourished in recent years and of which the free trade agreement is but one example. Continue Reading »
The 7-year, $35 million program will fund up to 30 research projects involving researchers from Israel & Canada with an initial focus on the neurosciences.
By Ynet news
Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced this week on behalf Health Minister Rona Ambrose that Canada and Israel are teaming up on a bold new research effort to improve understanding of human health and disease.
A bold new research effort to improve understanding of human health and disease – Photo: Index Open
Minister Oliver was joined by Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak, Dr. Naomi Azrieli, chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation, Dr. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Canada’s FM Rob Nicholson meets with Israel’s PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem, saying Jewish state has no choice and must defend itself.
Canada’s foreign minister on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s ironclad support for Israel and said the realities of the Middle East left the Jewish state no choice but to defend itself.
Canada’s FM Rob Nicholson meets with Netanyahu – Screenshot
Meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on his first visit to Israel, Rob Nicholson’s comments were welcomed by his host at a time of growing pressure on Netanyahu and his right-wing government to curb West Bank settlement and renew talks with the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Canadian province invests another $6 million in joint projects with Israel that focuses on clean technologies and medical devices.
A decade-long research and development partnership between Israel and Ontario has received by a six million-dollar investment in joint Israeli-Canadian R&D projects from the Canadian province.
Reza Moridi, left, and Avi Hasson – Photo: Yossi Aloni
Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi visited Israel last week to announce the investment.
The partnership program, according to a memorandum of understanding signed 10 years ago, will continue to support projects with a strong economic focus, in the fields of medical devices, information and communication technologies, clean technologies and life sciences. Continue Reading »
Steven Blaney, Canada’s Public Security Minister said boycotts of Israel constitute anti-Semitic hate speech & violence, and vowed a “zero tolerance” policy toward the BDS movement.
By Cynthia Blank
Canada, one of Israel’s staunchest allies, appears primed to use its new hate crime laws against groups advocating for the virulently anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
According to a Canadian Broadcasting Company report on Monday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government made its intentions clear by sending a list of the country’s hate crime laws in response to CBC’s inquiry on its stance on BDS.
Over the past few months, several cabinet ministers have made statements pledging vigilance against the country’s many BDS groups, which are primarily associated with universities, labor unions and churches. Continue Reading »
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper says “The Government of Canada remains resolute in our commitment to defend Israel’s right to exist. We believe this right is absolute and non-negotiable.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a staunch supporter of Israel, on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the Jewish state, in a statement released in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
“Tonight at sundown marks the 67th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel – the realization of the Jewish people’s longstanding dream to establish a modern Jewish state in their historic homeland,” said Harper. Continue Reading »