CIJA Responds to Anti-Israel Election Signs

Eta Yudin, Associate Director of Quebec Public Affairs and Jewish Community Relations for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) in Quebec, discusses their reaction to the recent graphic posters seen in Montreal.

Disgusted and appalled by anti-Israel election signs? We are, too.

Upon learning of BDS-Quebec and the Communist Party’s graphic posters, CIJA Quebec (the advocacy agent of Federation CJA) immediately alerted the federal political parties and Montreal City Hall. City officials removed the posters in their jurisdiction, but unfortunately, most of the signs were protected under the Canada Elections Act and not subject to municipal regulations.

BDS-Quebec and the Communist Party’s graphic posters seen in downtown Montreal.

BDS-Quebec and the Communist Party’s graphic posters seen in downtown Montreal.

We researched both groups and discovered that they were indeed registered as third parties, and legally allowed to hang the signs. However, we still felt that they were in violation of the law and proceeded to file complaints with Elections Canada and ultimately directly with the Commissioner of Elections. Despite our compelling legal arguments, we received a disappointing response.

Now that the election is over, though, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the time limit for removing the signs is respected. We need your help, if you see any signs still up please alert us immediately at eyudin@cija.ca.

CIJA will also be raising this issue and a number of other issues related to regulations surrounding third parties and federal elections with the appropriate government departments. We will keep you updated on our progress.

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