Tag Archive for Israel Canada

Canadian PM hopeful: ‘If I win, I will move our embassy to Jerusalem’

Erin O’Toole, the leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, reiterates pledge to relocate the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem if he’s elected prime minister at the upcoming federal elections in three weeks.

By  Ariel Kahana & ILH Staff


Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, vowed on Monday that if his party wins in the upcoming federal elections, Canada’s embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem.

“This was a commitment I made several years ago,” he told reporters. Continue Reading »

Canadian Gov’t appeals Federal court ruling on ‘settlement’ wines

The Government of Canada announced intention to appeal a court ruling that wine produced by Jews in Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled as ‘Made in Israel’.

By Elad Benari, Canada


Jewish groups in Canada on Friday welcomed an announcement by the Government of Canada that it will appeal a court ruling that wine originating from Judea and Samaria cannot be labeled as products made in Israel.

In July, Canada’s Federal Court ruled that it was “false, misleading and deceptive” to label wines made in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as a “Product of Israel.”

SodaStream’s new product label

The court had been asked to rule in the case of David Kattenburg, the child of Holocaust survivors who disagreed with a decision by the Canadian government’s Food Inspection Agency to allow the labels. Continue Reading »

Canada investigates Jewish National Fund charity for IDF linked donations

The Jewish National Fund of Canada is suspected of violating tax-exempt status by funding projects linked to the IDF.
– The JNF of Canada claims it stopped funding such projects years ago, when it became clear it was against tax laws.

By Ynet


The Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Canada made headlines in Canadian media outlets Friday following allegations by local tax authorities claiming the Jewish charity funded IDF projects with donations collected in Canada.

Although Canadian law doesn’t prohibit citizens from donating money to the IDF through Israel’s Ministry of Defense, it does ban tax-exempt charities from assisting foreign armies and prohibits donors from claiming tax deductions for such donations. Continue Reading »

20 yr-old free trade agreement between Israel, Canada modernized

“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 MP: After elected Prime Minister, Canada’s embassy will move to Jerusalem


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 »

Canada again backs Israel at the UN when Europe does not


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 »

Canadian delegation of 100 strong on visit to Israel


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 »

First Nations’ Tribe from Canada seeks inspiration for its youth in Israel


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 »

Canadian parliament to condemn BDS on Monday


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.” Continue Reading »

Unlike Others, Canada Stands With Israel, Condemns Unprovoked Terror Against Jews


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.
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Canada’s National Defense Ministry Buys Iron Dome System

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 »

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Expands Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

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 »

Canada & Israel partner to explore medical frontiers in shared research projects

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 »

Canada’s Foreign Minister Declares Unwavering Support for Israel

WATCH: Canada’s FM Rob Nicholson meets with Israel’s PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem, saying Jewish state has no choice and must defend itself.

By i24news


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 »

Israel & Ontario celebrate decade of successful bilateral R&D projects

Canadian province invests another $6 million in joint projects with Israel that focuses on clean technologies and medical devices.

By Ynet


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)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 »