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Dec 11, 2009 at 07:05 PM

The Conservatives' blatant wooing of Canadian Jews doesn't add up. What do they want from such a tiny, privileged group anyway?

Gerald Caplan

Special to The Globe and Mail

Old Jewish joke: Rabbi tells a survivor that the pogroms against Jews are proof we are God's Chosen People. Survivor says: “Do me a favour, Rabbi. Tell God to choose some one else next time.”

This is kind of how I feel about the way Stephen Harper's government has been so blatantly wooing Canadian Jews. What do these guys want from us anyway?

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