Support corporate accountability

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Take action for people and creation by supporting corporate accountability

Like you, we want everyone to be able to live healthy and dignified lives wherever they are. We are concerned that the harm caused to people and creation by some Canadian companies’ overseas operations can get in the way of this goal. From MCC partners around the world, we hear stories about water contamination, forced displacement, poor labour practices, a lack of informed free, prior and informed consent, among other challenges, in areas where Canadian companies and their supply chains are active. There are currently few avenues of support for those impacted by Canadian companies to address these concerns in Canada.

If passed, these two recently released bills in Parliament will help to resolve some of these issues.

Bill C-262, An Act respecting the corporate responsibility to prevent, address and remedy adverse impacts on human rights occurring in relation to business activities conducted abroad, would require companies to review all their business activities, identify actual and potential risks to people and the planet, take steps to mitigate the risks and ensure those who are harmed receive reparations. This is called human rights and environmental due diligence.

Bill C-263, An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Responsible Business Conduct Abroad and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, would invest the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) with the powers needed to hold Canadian companies accountable for their actions internationally. Effectively, when the government created CORE, it was in name only. Without powers to order the production of documents and compel witness testimony under oath, the CORE can't do its job. Bill C-263 would change that.

James 4 encourages Christians to care for workers and to be wary of greed. Asking all political parties to support these two bills are clear ways you can make a difference for people and for creation by encouraging corporate accountability in Canada.

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Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Hon. Pierre Poilievre

Leader of the Official Opposition, Conservative Party of Canada

Yves Francois Blanchet

Chef du Bloc Québécois

Jagmeet Singh

Leader of the New Democratic Party

Elizabeth May & Jonathan Pedneault

Leaders of the Green Party

Hon. Seamus O'Regan

Minister of Labour

Hon. Mélanie Joly

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Mary Ng

Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Terry Sheehan

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour

Maninder Sidhu

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Rob Oliphant

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Arif Virani

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Hon. Michael Chong

Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs

Kyle Seeback

Official Opposition Critic for International Trade

Chris Lewis

Official Opposition Critic for Labour

Heather McPherson

NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Alexandre Boulerice

NDP Critic for Labour

Brian Masse

NDP Critic for International Trade

Stephane Bergeron

Bloc Quebecois Critic for Foreign Affairs

Simon-Pierre Savard-Tremblay

Bloc Quebecois Critic for International Trade