MONTREAL (Aug. 22)
Robert Stanfield, who was appointed by Prime Minister Joe Clark to hold wide-ranging talks on Canadian policy following strong Arab opposition to his government’s declared plan to shift Canada’s Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, will begin a tour of Middle East countries by mid-September to discuss this issue, it was announced in Ottawa.
The appointment of Stanfield, the former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, was expected to delay any moves to implement or reconsider the controversial policy until the middle of next year. It was affirmed in Ottawa political circles that before the end of this month the Inner Cabinet of the Prime Minister will meet in Jasper, Alberta and that the question of moving the Canadian Embassy to Jerusalem will surface again.
A number of ministers say that they remain committed to the implementation of the Progressive Conservative electoral platform pledge to move the Embassy to Israel’s capital.