When Canadians consider the meaning of democracy, we envision a country in which all citizens have the right to participate in making decisions that affect them. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has encouraged reflection on this theme for over 50 years, mirrored in our own name.
Each of us has certain rights and responsibilities. This includes the right to live in dignity, to be respected by others, and to have access to resources needed to live out God’s calling. But we also have a duty to act justly and work for equitable relations within society.
By exercising these rights and responsibilities we achieve public justice. This means that when the rights of others are infringed upon, we have a responsibility to ensure that justice is restored.
Faithful citizenship demands that we design, debate, and promote policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.
At CPJ, we believe election campaigns should be forums to raise important issues, propose significant commitments, conduct meaningful debates, and hold prospective office-holders to their promises.
This election bulletin is intended to help us to do exactly that.
CPJ is producing the 2015 Election Bulletin as a special additional issue of our award-winning magazine, the Catalyst. As such, we have incurred additional costs. Current CPJ members will receive a printed copy as part of their Catalyst subscription.