By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom—
Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, vowed on Monday that if his party wins in the upcoming federal elections, Canada’s embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem.
“This was a commitment I made several years ago,” he told reporters. “Israel is a close ally of Canada, a friend, a democracy in a place in the world that needs more democracy.
“And we will move our embassy and respect the capital being established in Jerusalem. We will exhibit leadership. It’s important for Canada to once again emerge on the world stage as a country that will stand by our values, that will be a defender of human rights, and will commit to a strong, principle-based foreign policy,” he said.
At the same time, O’Toole stressed that the move would not contradict a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
Relocating the embassy to Jerusalem is also part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s manifesto.
The federal elections are slated to take place on September 20. Earlier last week, the Angus Reid Institute, Léger, Abacus Data and Ipsos all released figures indicating that the Liberals had lost ground during the first week of the campaign. Continue Reading…