Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers

Position Paper: Quebec’s Bill 21: Islamophobia manifested again

Bill 21, which in the name of government “secularism,” will now bar Quebeckers who wear religious symbols from taking certain government positions. Despite months of public outcry and severe criticism from human rights groups, the Quebec government passed Bill 21 into law on June 16th. Bill 21 will further entrench division and difference, while infringing on the democratic values of Quebeckers, such as the rights to religious equality and gender equality. 

Position Paper: Opposing Illegal Israeli Territorial Ambitions

A mere three days prior to Israel’s April 9, 2019 elections, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if given a fifth consecutive term. This position paper argues that Canada should leverage its relationship with Israel to uphold international law and human rights.         

Position Paper: Position Paper: January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

On Jan. 29, 2017, a lone gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim-Canadian worshipers.  By the time the shooting had ended, six had been tragically killed, and 19 more injured. The government of Canada should henceforth designate January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination as per the report from Parliament's Heritage Committee.

Motion M-153: An attempt to downplay the problem of Islamophobia in Canada

There is no yardstick by which we can compare suffering or horror, but Scott Reid’s attempt in M-153 to suggest strong associations among several violent incidents from Canadian history falls short. This position paper discusses how M-153 is a blatant attempt to downplay the problem of Islamophobia in Canada.            

Position Paper: Canada and Saudi Arabia: A Complex and Contradictory Relationship

In August, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s tweet criticizing Saudi Arabia’s arrest of a female activist trigged a strong Saudi backlash. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia has a disgraceful record on political and civil rights. This position paper discusses Canada's complex and contradictory relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Position Paper: Responding to Trump’s Israel-Palestine Debacle

This position paper discusses how the Canadian government should handle Trump's decisions regarding Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees. 

Position Paper: Bill C-85 and the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

This position paper discusses CJPME's proposed amendments to the Bill C-85 and to the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement.

M-103 and Islamophobia in Canada – Poll from Nov. 2017

In late 2017, EKOS Research Associates conducted a national survey of Canadians to probe for religious discrimination, particularly Islamophobia, in Canadian society. The EKOS survey is accurate within 3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.  (All survey data is available at  Two months later, on February 1, 2018, Parliament’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage released its M-103 report on religious discrimination in Canada.  The recommendations below synthesize the recommendations of the M-103 report with the survey findings released in parallel. 

For a Constructive role in the Israel-Palestinian Situation

This position paper discusses Trump’s decree recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, its implications and the role Canada must play in the situation. Continue reading

Position Paper: For a Constructive role in the Israel-Palestinian Situation

This position paper discusses how Canada could incite justice in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.