In the lead up to the federal election, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has released an election guide to help people have conversations with their candidates and communities. The guide is available online now on MCC’s website. “We believe that governments should maintain a just and peaceful social order,” says Bekah Sears, policy analyst and government relations specialist with MCC Canada’s Peace & Justice office. “This election is a chance to remind our government to build policies based on compassionate care and justice, especially for the most vulnerable.” Anyone looking for guidance on questions and issues to discuss with their candidates can use this resource to learn more about key areas of concern for MCC partners, and where the Canadian government can play a role in responding. The resource focuses on three main areas: Equitable vaccine access in Canada and around the world; addressing the impacts of a changing climate; and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. MCC also encourages the guide to be used as a starting point for conversations with congregations, Sunday school classes or small groups. Interested groups can use MCC’s Guide for Difficult Conversation resource to engage with others in their community.
—Mennonite Central Committee
Parliament Hill (Centre Block), in Ottawa, Ont. (MCC photo by Alison Ralph)