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Givens Named Police Commission Head

September 27, 1977
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Philip Givens, 55, former Mayor of Toronto and currently president of the Canadian Zionist Federation, has been appointed Chairman of the Police Commission of Metropolitan Toronto by Roy McMurtry, Ontario Attorney General. Shortly after the announcement was made, a group of Arab Canadians protested the appointment on the grounds of Givens’ Zionist connection. Givens, who was appointed a provincial judge to make him eligible for the police commissionership, is the first Jew to hold such a position in Canada. He has been an alderman, controller and mayor municipally, a Member of Parliament and a member of the Provincial Parliament. Though a Liberal, his appointment was made by a Conservative government.

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