Press Release: Statement on Court Ruling Regarding Date of 2019 Federal Election
Ottawa, ON– Today, the Federal Court of Canada ordered the Chief Electoral Officer to review his decision to not recommend a change in the scheduled federal election date, which coincides with Shemini Atzeret.
In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
“We respect the democratic and judicial process that has led to today’s ruling. Changing the date at this stage entails considerable logistical and financial implications. We note that Elections Canada has taken significant measures, in consultation with the Jewish community, to ensure every Jewish voter can cast their ballot. We will respect the Chief Electoral Officer’s decision and will continue working closely with Elections Canada to support its efforts to maximize voter participation and inclusion of the Jewish community – which is a cornerstone of democracy.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA