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Wide debate but narrow solutions

Kathy Vandergrift’s review of The Polite Revolution by John Ibbitson.

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Honourary doctorate for Gerald Vandezande

On October 20, the Institute for Christian Studies will award retired CPJ staff Gerald Vandezande an honourary Doctor of Letters.

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Vision and Mission

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.

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CPJ’s contribution to public life

CPJ’s uniqueness is characterized by its ability to play a vital role in the debate around the fundamental direction of our society. Our contribution includes not simply developing and promoting policy alternatives, but more specifically doing so in the context of the core values and principles which shape society and public policy. This unique approach enables us to speak to, and dialogue with, a broad cross-section of Canadian society.

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CPJ’s take on Faith and Politics

For CPJ, our faith calls out beyond apathy or powerlessness. It calls us to a faith that opens us to our common humanity, our calling to love God by loving our neighbour also in our political life together.

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What We Do

In keeping with its mission to promote public justice in Canada, CPJ shapes key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. CPJ also encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love and justice. We often work with other organizations and coalitions on specific concerns.

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Award-winning newsletter

The Catalyst reports on public justice issues in Canada and reviews CPJ activities. The Catalyst is free when you join us. You will find sample articles throughout our website.

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Guidelines for Christian political service and Charter of social rights and responsibilities

These documents have been gradually shaped and refined by the staff, board and members of CPJ over the years as we have struggled together to understand the implications of God’s intention for us. The Guidelines and the Charter cannot just be plugged into any given situation to provide a straightforward ruling on what is a “correct” Christian response. In this complex world, no such simple system could exist. The Guidelines and the Charter are not the last word on a Christian vision for political justice. However, they can help us make better decisions.

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Gerald Vandezande awarded Order of Canada

Read CPJ’s press release here.

CPJ is delighted to announce that retired Public Affairs Director Gerald Vandezande has been named to the Order of Canada.

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A lifetime of challenging work

A profile of longtime CPJ National Public Affairs Director Gerald Vandezande on his retirement in 1999.

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