As Prime Minister, I will move the Canadian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and it deserves our support. As a country that daily faces existential threats based on religious hatred, our support for Israel becomes a moral imperative. When I am Prime Minister, Israel will know that it always has a friend in Canada.
Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in his speech to the Knesset on January 20, 2014:
…Canada and Israel are the greatest of friends, and the most natural of allies. … The friendship between us is rooted in history, nourished by shared values….”
There will be no light between our former Prime Minister’s commitment to Israel and my own. Now is the time to stand up and be counted. Moving the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem is the right thing to do. Under my leadership, Canada will be known once again as a nation that stands with its friends.