Bishop Jenks spoke about the genocide by the governing forces in Sudan and the denial of the rights of the people living in Southern Sudan. He also reported on a visit of church leaders to Sudan, saying that all of those observers realized the accusation that the Government of Canada has been using royalties from oil for the purpose of war are accurate. Talisman Energy Inc. is a Canadian company which is involved in oil exploration and development in Sudan. Bishop Jenks told his colleagues that the pension fund of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has 2.5 million dollars invested in Talisman. He put a motion on the floor encouraging the pension fund to disinvest in Talisman Energy Inc.
Text of motion
That this House of Bishops express to the Trustees of the Pension Fund, our concern regarding continuing investment in Talisman Energy Inc., and our request that all necessary steps be taken immediately to develop a schedule for disinvestments from Talisman Energy Inc. CARRIED Res. #HB-10-04-01