Canadian Jewish Congress National President, Ed Morgan
Four hundred people from across Canada met at the Westin Hotel on Sunday to welcome the incoming slate of officers who will lead the CJC for the next three years, to vote on resolutions that will affect the direction of the organization and to discuss issues of importance to the Canadian Jewish community.
Diane Koven, CJC holds 27th plenary assembly, 22-Jul-2004 www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=3693
JEWISH UNITY FOR A JUST PEACE|
OF CANADA AND QUÉBEC
( JUJP )
UNITÉ JUIVE POUR UNE PAIX JUSTE
DU CANADA ET QUÉBEC
( UJPJ )
REPORT ON THE CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS 27TH PLENARY OTTAWA
By Abraham Weizfeld, non-voting delegate on behalf of the JUJP-UJPJ_CQ
Prior to the Canadian Jewish Congress 27th Plenary it had been discussed on the JUNITY-CANADA List that a delegation might be formed to intervene in the debate. This then is a report of the initiatives undertaken on behalf of the Jewish Unity for a Just Peace of Canada and QUÉBEC.
The Canadian Jewish Congress itself includes 28 Canadian Jewish organizations and 10 federations are voting constituent members of the CJC National Executive. The CJC affirms that it is a "grassroots organization. Any Jew 18 years of ago or over and residing in Canada is eligible to vote for CJC officers including the national president, at CJC's triennial plenary assembly.
During this Plenary however none of this democratic function was operative. The new President Ed Morgan was presented as a fact let alone any vote for CJC officers. When it came time to vote on submitted resolutions the announcement was made to cancel the debate and referred the resolutions to the National Council. Instead the allocated time in the one-day Plenary was devoted to the panel presentation Terrorism: Combatting the Threat to Collective and Individual Security. In addition to the two panellists a third was added to really make the point. More than half the 400 delegates did not show up for the panel and left the Plenary early. Nonetheless the co-chairs of the Plenary Assembly asserted in their letter to the delegates that "The National Plenary Assembly is an event which demonstrates the true democratic nature of this very vibrant and important organization which represents the Canadian Jewish community before government, the media, the non-governmental sector and internationally on a wide variety of matters relating to public policy."
The outgoing President Keith M. Landy assured the delegates in his opening letter that the CJC "is your organization, set up to represent differing viewpoints and perspectives, but all in the common cause of preserving and strengthening Jewish life in Canada, other Diaspora communities and for the security and safety of our brothers and sisters in Israel." This is of course a grand purpose and he opens the door to debate by continuing that "These are difficult times, and we must build upon our past successes and experience as we develop new strategies to meet the challenges ahead. You can help by getting involved."
www.rabble.ca/babble/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=5&t=001234&p= Errors are in the original.
Don't you find it a bit odd that all the plenum resoultions were deferred to committee and that there was no actual vote on the CJC executive? For a national convention it seemed to be nothing more than a series of speeches and panel discussions with "delegates" denied any decision making role and instead being reduced to the status of an audience.|
How can the CJC claim to speak on behalf of the entire Jewish community when it's so undemocratic?
Mycroft, rabble-rouser, Babbler # 2230, posted 16 June 2004 09:16 PM www.rabble.ca/babble/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=5&t=001234&p= Errors are in the original.