Con­cern over elec­tion of Trudeau in Canada

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY DAVID LAZARUS

A PROM­I­NENT Cana­dian rabbi has said that many Jews were deeply un­happy with the vic­tory of Lib­eral leader Justin Trudeau in the coun­try’s na­tional elec­tion this week.

Rabbi Reuben Poupko of the Cen­tre for Is­rael and Jewish Af­fairs (CIJA), said that a “large chunk” of the al­most 400,000-strong Jewish com­mu­nity “went to sleep very dis­ap­pointed” by the oust­ing of Stephen Harper, who was an out­spo­ken sup­porter of Is­rael while prime min­is­ter.

Rabbi Poupko added that a sec­tion of Jews were more will­ing to take Mr Trudeau at his word when he said dur­ing the 11-week cam­paign that he would sup­port Is­rael as much as Mr Harper.

“The com­mu­nity will be re­ly­ing on him to keep that com­mit­ment, that same level of sup­port,” he said.

CIJA chair David Cape con­grat­u­lated Mr Trudeau and thanked Mr Harper for his “deep and sus­tained sup­port” of the Jewish com­mu­nity and Is­rael.

Rabbi Poupko said Jewish Lib­eral vot­ers seemed un­con­cerned by Mr Trudeau’s cam­paign ap­pear­ance at a mosque that was ac­cused of do­nat­ing to a Ha­mas-linked char­ity in 2009.

Mr Trudeau, son of iconic Lib­eral fig­ure Pierre El­liott Trudeau, said he ac­cepted the mosque’s ex­pla­na­tion that at the time the char­ity was reg­is­tered and le­gal un­der Cana­dian law.

The rabbi said that while most Jews cast their bal­lots for Tories or Lib­er­als, all par­ties gar­nered some Jewish votes, re­flect­ing the com­mu­nity’s di­ver­sity.

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