Ahenakew to Remain Acquitted
The Crown will not appeal the recent acquittal of former First Nations leader David Ahenakew who made anti-Semitic remarks in a 2002 speech and newspaper interview. Dean Sinclair, director of appeals for the Crown, said, "[w]e could not find any reason to think the trial judge committed an error of law nor did we find any of his finding of fact were unreasonable."
Still, a Jewish organization, B'nai Brith has urged the federal government to review existing hate crime legislation. Moreover, the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), expressed satisfaction with the court's finding and said the controversy has brought Jewish and First Nations groups closer together.