Nine Religious Groups unite to insert religious values into the political debate.

Faith groups have combined to organize a federal candidates’ meeting, with differences, for the riding of Beaches-East York on Tuesday September 14th, 2021. The Church of the Resurrection will host the Zoom event at 7:00 PM.

One difference is that candidates are being asked to respond to questions on themes of the climate emergency and social equity. The organizers have asked the candidates to go beyond statements on the party platform and to articulate how their response would affect Beaches-East York.

The second difference is that the faith groups have included a preamble to each theme area stating the religious principles that frame the questions in an ethical as well as political context. Candidates have been asked to include an explanation of how and why their political messages address these values, in their responses.

The third difference is that the organizers requested that the candidates focus on addressing the questions and not on attacking other parties or personalities.

Invitations have been sent to the candidates of all the major parties competing in the riding of Beaches-East York. Invitations were based on whether the parties currently have representatives in parliament or whether they have nominated candidates in at least 80% of Canadian ridings.

The audience will join online at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88684751033?pwd=UUpNMExDa1lydERqNnlEcUJFd2Y0dz09

In addition to the questions from the organizers questions will be taken from Zoom participants during the evening and compiled to ask the candidates.

The religious communities organizing this event include St. Aidan’s Anglican, Beach United, Beach Hebrew Institute, Calvary Baptist Church, Church of the Resurrection, Anglican, Danforth Mennonite Church, St. John’s Norway Anglican, Kingston Road United, Toronto United Mennonite Church.

For more information:

Michael Van Dusen
416-570-0203
mjpvandusen@gmail.com

Christina Blizzard
christina.blizzard@gmail.com

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