The church is called to witness and to be the body of Christ in the world. All the church says, does, and is silent on stands as a public witness to how the body of Christ lives and acts, and what it desires for the world. Part of this public witness involves formally speaking to those with authority in the world, such as government officials. The church properly uses its voice to call on such authorities to help shape the kind of world that allows all creation, including humans, to flourish.

Living Faith reminds us that “God is always calling the church to seek that justice in the world which reflects the divine righteousness revealed in the Bible.” (8.4.1) It goes on to explain that seeking justice in the world entails things such as dealing fairly, changing customs that oppress, protecting the rights of others, care for the poor, and concern regarding matters such as employment, education, health, and the courts or penal system. This page contains letters to government which the church has written on issues that speak to concerns the church has as part of its public witness.

We encourage you to explore the letters and issues below to learn more about this important aspect of witnessing as the body of Christ. Congregations and members of the church are also encouraged to write their elected officials on matters of concern that the church and moderator have written about. The letters posted below may be used as a resource or template if desired. For more information on any of these issues, please contact Justice Ministries.

Guaranteed Basic Income

PM Trudeau, May 2020

Israel-Palestine

Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs re. Israel’s Annexation Plans, May 2020

Image of arrow pointing downLetter to Minister of Foreign Affairs re. Israel’s Annexation Plans, May 2020 – English

Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs re. concern about Canada's silence regarding the plans of the current coalition government of Israel to propose a vote in the Knesset on annexing a significant part of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Image of arrow pointing downLetter to Minister of Foreign Affairs re. Israel’s Annexation Plans, May 2020 – French

The 134th General Assembly (2008) approved a recommendation that The Presbyterian Church in Canada become a signatory to an investor coalition called the CDP – Driving Sustainable Economies. The CDP is an investor coalition representing over $92 trillion in assets from 767 institutional investors. It is an independent, not-for-profit, organization and the largest investor coalition concerned about climate change in the world. Investors include private and public pension funds and faith communities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and a number of other countries.

In Canada, the CDP sends a survey to the 200 largest publically traded corporations listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The survey requests information regarding the opportunities and risks the company faces due to climate change. There is no requirement to respond – it is voluntary.

Stephen Harper, 2008

As of December 31, 2013, the church owned shares in 59 corporations that received the surveys; 49 corporations completed the survey, 10 did not. This information may be of interest to church trustees, financial management committees and groups responsible for the management of endowment funds.

The church owns shares in these 49 corporations that responded to the 2013 survey: Agrium, ARC Resources, AuRico Gold, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Barrick Gold, BCE Inc., BlackBerry, Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Property Partnership, Brookfield Renewable Power Inc, Brookfield Residential Properties Inc, Cameco, Canadian National Railway Company, Canadian Natural Resources, Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian Tire, Cenovus Energy Inc., CGI Group, CIBC, Crescent Point Energy, Emera Inc., Enbridge Inc., Finning International, Franco-Nevada Corporation, George Weston Ltd, Gildan Activewear, Goldcorp Inc., Great-West Life Co., Husky Energy, Imperial Oil, Inmet Mining, Loblaws Companies, Manitoba Telecom, Manulife Financial Corp., National Bank of Canada, Power Corporation of Canada, Rogers Communications, Royal Bank of Canada, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, Sun Life Financial, Suncor Energy Inc., Talisman Energy, TD Bank, Teck Resources, Telus, Thomson Reuters Corporation, Tim Hortons Inc., TransCanada Corporation.

The church owns shares in these 10 corporations that did not respond to the 2013 survey: Alimentation Couche-Tard, Ensign Energy Services, Fortis Inc., Gibson Energy, Inter Pipeline Fund, Nexen, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, Sherritt International, Westjet Airlines Ltd.

British Columbia

Letter to Minister of Health
Adrian Dix, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Corinne de Bruin, November 2018

Alberta

Letter to Minister of Health
Sarah Hoffman, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Shawn Knight, November 2018

Saskatchewan

Letter to Minister of Health
Jim Reiter, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Karen Shaw, November 2018
Response
Jim Reiter, October 2018

Manitoba

Letter to Minister of Health
Cameron Friesen, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Anna Ziomek, November 2018
Response
Cameron Friesen, September 2018

Ontario

Letter to Minister of Health
Christine Elliott, August 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
David Rouselle, November 2018
Response
Christine Elliott, January 2019

Québec

Letter to Minister of Health
Gaétan Barrette, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Mauril Gaudreault, November 2018

New Brunswick

Letter to Minister of Health
Benoît Bourque, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Ed Schollenberg, November 2018
Response
Benoît Bourque, September 2018

Nova Scotia

Letter to Minister of Health
Randy Delorey, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Gus Grant, November 2018
Response
Randy Delorey, September 2018

Prince Edward Island

Letter to Minister of Health
Robert Mitchell, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
C. Moyse, November 2018

Newfoundland and Labrador

Letter to Minister of Health
John Haggie, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Linda Inkpen, December 2018
Response
John Haggie, October 2018

Nunavut

Letter to Minister of Health
George Hickes, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Registrar, November 2018

Northwest Territories

Letter to Minister of Health
Glen Abernethy, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Samantha VanGenne, November 2018
Responses
Glen Abernethy, October 2018
Samantha VanGenne, December 2018

Yukon

Letter to Minister of Health
Pauline Frost, September 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Nancy Meagher, November 2018
Responses
Pauline Frost, September 2018
Lindsay McLachlin, January 2019

Canadian Government

Letter to Minister of Health
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, November 2018
Letter to Medical Regulatory Authority
Laurent Marcoux, November 2018
Responses
Michelle Boudreau, February 2019
Laurent Marcoux, January 2019