As Canada’s 43rd Parliament comes into session, Moderator Richard Bott has written to the leaders of all federal parties asking that they work cooperatively “to meet the challenges of building a strong, healthy, and compassionate society.”
The Moderator highlights a number of justice issues, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and discriminatory Indigenous child welfare policies. He also asks the leaders to work across party lines to create a Council on Reconciliation.
The letter also expresses the church’s commitment to addressing poverty in Canada, refugee policy, pharmacare, child care, just peace and human rights, and as the UN Climate Conference is underway, climate justice with plans for a just transition for workers.
Moderator Bott expresses his hope that the parties can come to creative solutions despite their differences, citing our nearly 100-year history of working across difference as the United Church.
Pledging the church’s willingness to work with them, he says: “Tensions will undoubtedly emerge as you seek to work across party lines. It is the United Church’s experience that working within those tensions often strengthens our resolve to find the common good. May that be your experience as this Parliament comes into session.”