OTTAWA, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - On March 18, 2014, Jim Flaherty resigned
as Canada's Minister of Finance. On March 19, 2014, Minister Joe Oliver
was sworn in as his successor.
In response, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs, issued the following statement:
"We extend our warmest wishes to the Honourable Jim Flaherty and
congratulate him on his distinguished career of public service to
Canadians. Mr. Flaherty has been a strong friend to Canada's Jewish
community throughout his 19 years in elected office. As a member of the
Ontario Legislature and cabinet minister, he supported many pieces of
important legislation, including the Holocaust Memorial Day Act and the
provision of tax credits for parents of students attending faith-based
private schools. As Canada's Minister of Finance, he continued to be
responsive to issues of concern to the Jewish community and all
Canadians, for which he is respected across party lines and around the
world. As Mr. Flaherty enters the next stage of his career, we thank
him for his commitment and contribution to our great country and wish
him good health and the very best for the future.
"We heartily congratulate Joe Oliver on his appointment as Minister of
Finance and wish him well as he undertakes his new responsibilities. We
look forward to continuing to work with Minister Oliver on a range of
issues of concern to Jewish and non-Jewish Canadians alike."
As the non-partisan advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada,
the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) serves as the voice of
the organized Canadian Jewish community.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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