This year’s election offers voters an opportunity to ensure that British Columbia is guided by leaders who will provide practical and efficient leadership with the good of all in mind – including the unborn, the elderly, the young, families, and those who are too often forgotten or ostracized by society – as well as workers, farmers, business owners, and all future generations.

Catholics are called to participate in accordance with the full measure of talents entrusted to them by God. At a minimum, this means voting wisely, after having considered all relevant issues, the positions of each of the candidates and parties, and relevant Church teachings; and after having prayed for guidance.

This page provides our summary of issues relevant to this year’s election, along with relevant Catholic teachings and the positions of the parties, using the parties’ own words.  This summary should help you in deciding your vote, whether you are Catholic or simply a good person interested in a better world.  

Our party platform comparisons are based on official publications of the registered parties, and any communications provided by the parties directly to Catholic Conscience, as of October 17, 2020.  We will update these materials  as best we can as the elections approach.  Voters are in all cases encouraged to review the websites, platforms, and other materials published by the parties, and to speak directly to the parties and their candidates.   Parties having questions or suggestions for the improvement of these comparisons are invited to contact us at info@CatholicConscience.org.

Life & Human Dignity

The Sanctity of Life:  from Conception to Natural Death

The right to life from conception to natural death is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching. It implies that every form of procured abortion and euthanasia is illicit.  – 155, Compendium of of the Social Doctrine of the Church

“This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations.’ It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.” – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 214

The Dignity of Work

Work is an essential expression of the person. Any form of materialism or economic tenet that tries to reduce the worker to being a mere instrument of production, a simple labour force with an exclusively material value, would hopelessly distort the essence of work and strip it of its most noble and basic human quality.   – 271-274, Compendium of of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Stewardship of Creation

There is urgency to this issue.

Every Pope since at least Paul VI has written of our need to shift to a more responsible use of the earth and its abundant resources. The Church accepts that that need is now urgent.

“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system… Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat… at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it. It is true that there are other factors, yet a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue: it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” -23, 217, Laudato Si’

Community & the Common Good

Development of the Family; Healthcare, Support for the Elderly and the Young; Education; Culture, Arts & Tourism

The family is the primary unit in society. It is where education begins and the Word of God is first nurtured. The priority of the family over society and the State must be affirmed.  – 209-214, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

The Church teaches that the proper role of government and other human institutions is to foster human life and dignity by maintaining social conditions that enable and encourage us to serve God in one another, and thereby to promote that which is truly in the common interest. This includes nurturing and enabling families, as well as supporting the elderly and other marginalized members of society.

Option for the Poor & Vulnerable

Poverty Reduction, Support for the Marginalized and Vulnerable, an Economy at the Service of the People 

‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’  – Matthew 25:45

The poor, the marginalized and those whose living conditions interfere with their proper growth should be the focus of particular concern.  – 182, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

“Money must serve, not rule!”  – Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel – 58

Rights & Responsibilities; Subsidiarity

Human Rights; Freedom of Religion, Speech & Conscience; Gender Equity; Rights to Housing, Food, & Clean Water

Conscience Rights

With euthanasia and medically-assisted death and abortion legalized, it is critical that healthcare providers whose deepest moral convictions tell them that such procedures are wrong, not be forced to participate.

Housing

Many British Columbians live in substandard housing, or have no homes at all.  Choices of decent housing must be offered, and the people directly involved must be part of the process.

Food & Water

Access to nutritious food and drinkable water are among the fundamental human rights recognized by the Church.  Lack of proper food and water have been linked to long-term poverty and ill health.

Solidarity

Indigenous Peoples & Reconciliation; Rural Communities; Refugees & Newcomers

Solidarity is acceptance of the truth that because all peoples are part of the same human family – part of the one body of Christ – what happens to others affects us as well, regardless of differences in location or life circumstances.

Solidarity is found in a commitment to the good of one’s neighbour.  The good of one is the good of all, and the other is as important as the self.  Injustice done to another is an injustice that affects everyone.  Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 193

Justice & Peace

The Role of Government; Stewardship of Public Office; Democracy; Justice & Safety

The Church teaches that the proper role of government is to provide a legal and economic framework in which the common good can flourish, in order that the people may accomplish their mission; that is, so that the people may use the freedom God has given them to find their way back to Him.  Public administration at any level — national, regional, community — must be oriented towards the service of citizens, serving as steward of the people’s resources, which it must administer with a view to the common good.    Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 406-412

The province has the twofold responsibility of discouraging behaviour that is harmful to human rights and the fundamental norms of civil life, and of repairing, through the penal system, the disorder created by criminal activity.  Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 402


Information on this page was last updated on Oct 23, 2020 @ 8:15 am.

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