Hearings will begin November 2nd
(Ottawa – October 8th, 2009)
International Parliamentarians will serve as the first witnesses in the Parliamentary
Inquiry into Antisemitism in Canada. The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denis MacShane led the
world’s first Parliamentary hearing which took place in London in 2005. Prof. Gert
Wisskirchen served as a member of the German Bundestag from 1976 until 2009. Both
are members of the International Steering Committee of the Inter-parliamentary
Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. The committee looks forward to their
testimony along with the testimony of other international scholars and experts.
“Antisemitism is a global problem,” said CPCCA Inquiry Panel Chair Mario Silva, “we
are not the first country to conduct an inquiry into domestic antisemitism, and we hope
to encourage other countries to follow suit.”
“We hope that Dr. MacShane and Prof. Weisskirchen can provide the Panel with
testimony that will put the problem of international antisemitism into context, and
provide us with insight into how the recommendations made in their own countries
might be applicable here.” said CPCCA Steering Committee Chair, Scott Reid.
The coalition had to push back the original start date of its hearings by one week in
order to accommodate the schedules of the three international individuals to appear in
Ottawa at the first hearing. Dr. Charles Small, Director of the Yale initiative for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism will also be in Ottawa for the hearing.
For a complete list of witnesses, dates and locations of hearings visit the Coalition’s
website at www.cpcca.ca/hearings.