Bob Rae for the First Jewish Canadian Prime Minister
\"Israel\'s right to exist within defined and secure borders has been a foundation of both Canadian foreign policy and the democratic tradition for nearly 60 years. It is not just that Canada voted in favour of Israel\'s admission to the United Nations in 1948. It is the deep bond of friendship and family ties that have strengthened the labour and human rights communities in both our countries, that have changed the lives and hopes of thousands of young people, and that have built a growing economic relationship as well. Of course Canadian Jews have been at the heart of this relationship, but Canada\'s support for the idea of Israel and its affirmation of human values has found deep resonance across religious faiths and party lines..A vicious anti-Semitism has re-emerged throughout the Arab world that continues to indulge the awful fantasy that the real answer is to make the whole Middle East Judenrein. There are no Arab leaders really prepared to lead the way politically and publicly against this hatred. The region needs a Mandela.\" - Bob Rae, former NDP Premier of Ontario, April 16, 2002 In three weeks from now, the Liberal Party of Canada will be choosing a new leader. This is an exciting time in politics for all Canadians, but especially the Canadian Jewish Commmunity. For the first time in our nation\'s history, a member of our community is standing for possible election as Prime Minister. As a Jew, Bob Rae has been a staunch supporter of the state of Israel, has spoken out against intolerance and anti-semitism, and has demonstrated the qualities of leadership that Canada needs to assume its role in defending Israel\'s interests in the Middle East. By signing this petition, you are adding your name to the growing chorus of Canadians of all religious communities who believe that it is time to bring our Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Life. Bob Rae\'s selection as leader of the Liberal Party will be a profound event for the Canadian Jewish community, and all Canadians should support it. Please sign your name below.