Irwin Cotler and Stéphane Dion are friends and former parliamentary colleagues, so it was no surprise the current foreign affairs minister met with the former minister of justice Feb. 5 to discuss issues on Cotler’s mind, including, human rights, Iran, and terrorism in Israel.
Cotler, who left parliament last fall after a distinguished career that included time as justice minister and attorney general, raised issues that are high on the agenda of the new organization he’s created, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.
The centre is named for the wartime Swedish diplomat who saved hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis. Wallenberg was arrested by Soviet forces in 1945 and disappeared in the Soviet camp system. His fate remains unknown.
The Canadian Jewish News
Published: February 5, 2016