OTTAWA (Feb. 19)
External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp revealed today that he would take to the Cabinet the question of Canadian Government aid to Iraqi Jews wishing to emigrate to this country. The External Affairs Minister previously had received a six-man delegation representing the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada (JIAS). The Minister of Immigration, Allan MacEachen, also participated in the meeting.
The delegation, led by Monroe Abbey, president of the CJCongress, asked that the immigration department grant entry permits to Iraqi Jews and that the External Affairs Department assist those Iraqi Jews who wished to leave their country to obtain exit permits. Canada received 5,032 Jews last year as landed immigrants from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. In 1967, the total was 3,446.