09/30/2015 06:01 EDT | Updated 09/30/2016 05:12 EDT

Joe Oliver To Take Part In Toronto Debate On Jewish Issues

TORONTO — Canada's finance minister is speaking again tonight, this time at a Toronto debate on issues important to the Jewish community.

Joe Oliver, who has largely stayed out of the national spotlight during the election campaign, said in a news conference this morning that he's been focused on winning over voters in his riding of Eglinton-Lawrence.

Tonight's debate, hosted by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, takes place in nearby York Centre — a longtime Liberal stronghold until it was won by Conservative Mark Adler in the 2011 election.

Oliver will face off against New Democrat Hal Berman, who is hoping to unseat Adler, and Bill Morneau, the Liberal candidate in Toronto Centre.

The Conservatives' vocal support for Israel has drawn consistent praise from many segments of the Jewish community, who traditionally voted for the Liberals.

Although the Harper government has moved closer to Israel than any previous government, Canada still supports a two-state solution and formally opposes the continued construction of Israeli settlements.


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