‘Moral and ethical values’ urged for governments

Published March 1, 2009

Kairos, a Canadian ecumenical social justice organization, has urged the federal, provincial and territorial governments to adopt “moral and ethical values” in their responses to the deepening global economic crisis.

“Canadians look to their Members of Parliament for strong leadership to address poverty, adequate housing and affordable health care,” said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, a signatory to a letter sent to Canada’s first ministers by Kairos, which represents 11 churches (including the Anglican Church of Canada).

“We also call for action in making the eradication of poverty the top priority for our foreign aid policy. Now is the time for the federal government to affirm our place as a responsible neighbour in the global village.”

Mary Corkery, Kairos executive director, said, “Economic stimulus packages that do not take into account moral imperatives will lead the same pattern of unsustainable consumption that brought us into crisis in the first place.”

A November 2008 opinion poll commissioned by various environmental organizations  showed that Canadians want their government to address global warming and other environmental issues, even if it means spending money.

“The world’s economic situation and our environmental concerns are profoundly connected. Ordinary Canadians realize that dealing with the economy and the environment will require some sacrifice in the short term,” said Rev. David Giuliano, moderator (national leader) of the United Church of Canada. “They get it. They’re prepared to do their parts. Now it is time for government to take action.”


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