Canadian voters will select a new government in a few months, joining nearly 2 billion citizens around the world participating in elections this year.
Amid this historic moment in time, appeals to the “everyday” citizen have been widespread, as candidates around the world have attempted to present themselves as the sole representative of the disenfranchised.
But when political leaders claim to be “for the people,” research shows that there can be legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the state of democracy.
On June 20, international World Refugee Day, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) joins this year’s theme to #StepWithRefugees. Alongside the UNHCR initiative to encourage people globally to walk, run or cycle one billion miles in recognition of the one billion miles refugees cover annually to reach safety, CPJ acknowledges that Canada has taken a few steps forward with refugees this year. Sadly, CPJ feels Canada has also taken a few too many steps backwards in our support of refugees.
Over the past few weeks, Dignity for All co-leads, Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), had the opportunity to present as witnesses to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA), and the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, regarding key poverty legislation.