That the National Executive Council ask the Primate to convey to the Prime Minister of Great Britain our gratitude at the postponement of proposed legislation to label certain fur products from trapped animals and to express our hope that this legislation will not be reintroduced in the future. CARRIED #68-05-88
That the National Executive Council requests the Primate to convey to the Prime Minister, the Premiers of the Provinces and the Territorial Government Leaders our opposition to the process being followed by the Governments of Canada and the Provinces as embodied in the Meech Lake Accord, and express to them our grave concern about:
a) the negation of the rights of Native people, including the right to be consulted;
b) the diminution of the rights of women and the recognition of men and women as equal persons;
c) the denial of the rights of the Northwest Territories and Yukon to participate fully in Canadian political and public life.
Moved by Ven. A.R. Reed
Seconded by: Dr. L.L. Whytehead
That the words "the negation of", "the diminution of", and "the denial of" be deleted. DEFEATED
The Primate invited the Rev. Dr. Roland Kawano to speak. Dr. Kawano introduced Ms. Beverley Oda, Mrs. Elizabeth Loweth, Rev. John Park, Rev. Kenneth Fung, Rev. Peter Bishop and the Ven. Oscar Agard.
Dr. Kawano reported on two symposiums which have been sponsored by the Church. The Anglican Church of Canada, as part of the world-wide communion has had, and continues to have, a unique opportunity for cross-cultural experiences. The Eucharist is the common bond between peoples of all races and languages.
Ms. Oda noted that the Citizenship Act of Canada is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The Act us to be changed with the introduction of a Multi-Culturalism Act at the federal level and will promote equality in people participation. In the past the retention of various cultures and languages has been encouraged, but in the future there will be a need to integrate immigrants into the mainstream of the country which will benefit society culturally, socially and economically. The Charter of Rights and Freedom declares that the government may take action over and above fairness in order to redress an inequitable situation.
Concern was expressed that there was no Anglo-Saxon representation on multicultural groups. Concern was also expressed for Native people upon whom western culture has been imprinted.
1. That this National Executive Council receive with appreciation the report of the second national Multi-Cultural Symposium.
2. That this National Executive Council approve in principle a three-year multi-cultural program:
- to raise the consciousness of our Church to the varied gifts of its members and to the possibilities of a richer expression of our common life, and
- to achieve changes which will increase the participation of our many communities in the councils of the Church at every level, and
- authorizes an application for funding to the Secretary of State, the Hon. David Crombie.
3. That this National Executive Council requests the Executive Director of Program to supervise the implementation of the program and requests the Program Committee to provide guidance and review. CARRIED #32-05-87
That notwithstanding the rule of order which requires that when a question is put every member present, except the presiding officer, shall be required to vote, the Chancellor be granted the privilege of abstaining from voting on those resolutions which create for him a conflict of interest. The exercise of that privilege shall not prevent the Chair from ruling that the motion has been carried unanimously if all other members of the Council present at the time vote in the affirmative. CARRIED #38-05-87
"All" added before "other members" as per revision of October 1987 #01-10-87.
The Rev. John Barton introduced Mr. Douglas Rigby, Vice-Chairman of the Plenary Committee, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund. Mr. Rigby presented the report, and with the assistance of Mrs. Kathleen Ptolemy, responded to questions. Mrs. Ptolemy also elaborated on refugee concerns.
That this National Executive Council requests the Primate to express to the Government and the people of Canada its deep concern that significant sections of Bills C-55 and C-84 as presently drafted:
- a) do not satisfy our international obligations to protect refugees and uphold procedural safeguards;
- b) violate sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
- c) do not meet the stated objectives of our immigration policy "to fulfill Canada's international legal obligations with respect to refugees and to uphold its humanitarian tradition with respect to the displaced and persecuted". CARRIED #12-10-87 Nem Con
That this National Executive Council records its support of the proposed initiative of the Canadian Council of Churches to seek reference to the Courts of Canada with regard to Bill C-55 and C-84. CARRIED #14-10-87
The Primate read resolutions passed by the House of Bishops on the subject of refugees which agreed with the resolutions just passed by the National Executive Council.
That this National Executive Council request that the Doctrine and Worship Committee examine the issue of surrogate motherhood with a view to providing the Anglican Church of Canada with research, information and guidance on this subject by the 1989 General Synod. CARRIED #60-05-87