B’nai Brith Launches 2022 Quebec Election Guide

MONTREAL – B’nai Brith Canada announces the launch of its Quebec election information page at bnaibrith.ca to help voters better understand the choices available to them when they go to the polls on 3 October.

The page of our website contains links to the platforms of the parties represented in the National Assembly and to the new parties presenting candidates for the first time. It also provides information on candidate debates, political party positions and where to vote.

The five main political parties participating in the election are: Coalition Avenir Québec; Liberal Party; the Parti Québécois; Québec solidaire; the Conservative Party of Quebec. Two new parties, the Bloc Montreal and the Canadian Party of Quebec also entered the fray. The Coalition Avenir Québec won the 2018 election, overthrowing the Liberal Party after the Liberals served only one term.

B’nai Brith’s intention is to provide information that will enable voters to make an informed choice. For the past decade, the organization has provided electoral information on major federal, provincial and municipal elections through its website.

CLICK HERE to visit our site on the elections in Quebec and learn more about the parties.

“We will update the page from time to time throughout the campaign and invite parties to provide any additional information about their platforms that they feel is relevant to the Jewish community in the province,” said Michael Mostyn, Director General of B’nai Brith Canada. Officer. “B’nai Brith will not endorse any party, but we will share relevant information with Quebec voters.

Of note for the Jewish community, although the The Government of Quebec has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, a similar motion presented to the National Assembly in 2021 was not adopted, since Québec solidaire was the only dissenter. On the other hand, the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet said his party “unconditionally adheres” to the IHRA definition.

Canada is one of 45 democratic member countries of the IHRA and use its definition of anti-Semitism to combat hate. Twenty US states and the province of Ontario have officially adopted the IHRA.

B’nai Brith also notes that Quebec Solidaire endorsed the BDS movement in November 2009 and was among the first to call on Israel a apartheid state.

“A House of Commons Standing Committee recently said that anti-Zionism and the refusal to recognize the right of Jews to self-determination in land where Jews have been indigenous for 3,000 years is one of the main drivers of the global anti-Semitism,” said Marvin Rotrand, Country Director. of the League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada. “The Committee recommended that the Government of Canada do all it can to oppose the demonization and delegitimization of Israel.

B’nai Brith has long since made public his opposition to Bills 96 and 21laws that he considers detrimental to the interests of the Jewish population of Quebec.

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