Press Release: CIJA Will Seek Intervenor Status in Wine Labelling Case


September 6, 2019

Press Release: CIJA Will Seek Intervenor Status in Wine Labelling Case

OTTAWA, ON –Today, the Government of Canada filed papers that it will appeal  the decision in Kattenburg v. Canada. regarding the labelling of Israeli wines.  

In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO, CIJA made the following statement:

“CIJA commends the Government of Canada for appealing the decision by Justice Mactavish.

“Considering the substantive errors in the earlier judgement and the importance of the outcome of this case, CIJA will be seeking intervenor status in the appeal. We have retained the services of administrative law experts Mark Freiman and Eric Gertner.”

“It is our expectation that the Federal Court of Appeal will overturn the lower court’s decision. Our position is that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency came to a reasonable decision in accepting the label “Product of Israel” for wines produced in all the geographical area comprised in the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.”

CIJA Legal Task Force member, Mark Freiman, added:

“This appeal raises basic important legal issues involving the role of courts in relation to the conclusions of specialized expert agencies. The decision under appeal also involves the court making assumptions and drawing unjustified conclusions in areas including human rights and Charter jurisprudence in which CIJA has a deep interest and extensive expertise and can thus be of assistance to the Court.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

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