"`Political Action in an Era of Budget Cuts' is the edited text of my spontaneous remarks delivered on November 9, 1995, at `Dialogue on Urban Ministry', sponsored by the Yonge Street Mission and World Vision Canada / Neighbourhood Link, at the Stone Church, Toronto. References specific to Ontario are meant to illustrate the central themes."
Appendices include: Guidelines for Public Justice / Citizens for Public Justice -- Will the Ontario Government Create More Hunger ? An Update / Daily Bread Food Bank -- How Much Will Your Household Get From a 30 % Tax Cut in Ontario ? / Canadian Council on Social Development -- Needed : Conscientious Objectors to the War against the Poor : Interview / Janet Somerville -- Petition -- Selected Organizations that Can Help -- Selected Resources.
"My intent is not to provide a social handbook, an economic blueprint, or a political manual that pretends to give all the answers. Rather, I attempt to outline a Christian view of social, economic, and political responsibility that will enable us to respond to the crisis of our times with hope and vision. I do so from the conviction that the message of God's creation and Christ's incarnation is good news and of crucial significance for our everyday life (p. 15)". "I am convinced that together we must work out this ministry of reconciliation in our personal and public life: in the way we act economically and politically, in the way we view and treat the poor and the powerless, in the way we approach disarmament and development, and in the way we structure our economic enterprises and social movements. We must do that by trying to provide alternative visions and strategies that will replace the materialistic ideologies of Marxism and capitalism. In all areas of life we must seek to be faithful to God" (p. 16) -- Intro.
Contents: Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- From personal commitment to public confession -- From economic distortion to shalom -- Toward responsible development -- Toward new initiatives -- From christian reflection to neighbourly service -- From ways of death to ways of life -- From political opportunism to public justice -- What Canadian leaders say -- Appendix: Guidelines for Citizens for Public Justice -- Notes -- Bibliography.
"The first essay tackles the specific issue of child poverty. The second then focuses on poverty in general, against the backdrop of the political crises that surround and contribute to the scandal of rising impoverishment in Canada. The final essay moves on to broader public-justice issues plaguing Canada today, of which poverty is but one. National unity, the balkanization of Confederation, rising economic inequity, educational injustice, same-gender issues -- all of these, like poverty, reveal deep fractures in our ability to live together. These essays attempt to offer an alternative framework for living together built on justice, not "just us". That framework attempts to do justice to the plurality of conflicting views-and ways of life in Canada". -- Intro. p. .
Contents: Dedication -- Acknowledgements dated December 1999 / Gerald Vandezande -- Word of appreciation / Gerald Vandezande -- Foreword / Janet Somerville -- Introduction / Gerald Vandezande -- Walking together in faith for children -- The scandal of poverty and crises in politics -- Seeking justice into the 21st century -- Appendix A: Citizens for Public Justice -- Appendix B: Selected correspondence with the Honourable Paul Martin, Federal Minister of Finance -- Endnotes -- Epilogue.
A new legal category of relationship could be established alongside marriage, which could be called "registered domestic partnerships". This new category would be open to heterosexual and homosexual couples alike and, for public policy purposes, would be legally equivalent to marriage".
"By Gerald Vandezande, National Public Affairs Director, Citizens for Public Justice".
"Foreword by Edward W. Scott, Former Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada".
"This booklet is based on an address presented at the 1993 Institute for Christian Studies Family Conference, on July 30, 1993". -- verso of t.-p.
"We live as Christian citizens at the edge of the 21st century. We are approaching that century in a world which is divided by the lust for money and power, and in a society which is often called 'pluralistic'. It is appropriate at this juncture of history to reflect together as Christians on the biblical call to do justice, and on strategies for engaging ourselves and our Canadian society with that call. For clearly the Christian community is not immune to the secularism and the pluralism of our age. In truth, there are differences among us, including disagreements about strategies for engagement". -- p. .
Contents: Foreword / Edward W. Scott -- Let Justice Flow ! -- Notes -- Discussion starters -- Some relevant briefs and publications from the CJL Foundation and Citizens for Public Justice.