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Canadian Bishops: Follow Your Conscience by Voting

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Canada’s bishops are encouraging all Catholics across the country to vote in Monday’s legislative elections, calling on them to follow their free and informed conscience.

By Vatican News reporter

“The democratic duty of every citizen to vote in an election is also a gift and an opportunity to exercise civic and social responsibility,” the bishops of Canada said in a statement released ahead of Monday’s legislative elections.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the election two years earlier in hopes of securing a parliamentary majority, while the rival Conservative party, led by Erin O’Toole, is hoping to overthrow him. Polls show that neither Trudeau’s Liberal Party nor the Conservative Party has enough public support to form a majority government.

Three other parties Рthe Bloc Qu̩b̩cois, which presents candidates only in the French-speaking province of Quebec, as well as the New Democratic Party and the Green Party Рare also standing for election.

In their statement, the Canadian bishops urge all Catholics in Canada to vote in the election and call on every Canadian to follow their conscience when deciding how to vote. They add that Catholics are called “to discern their options on the basis of the key principles of the social doctrine of the Church“, notably respect for the sanctity of human life, the protection of religious freedom and reconciliation with the Church. Indigenous Peoples.

The bishops also highlighted concern for the environment, efforts to eradicate poverty, the promotion of a just and equitable economy, the defense of workers’ rights and the establishment of peace as vital concerns during the elections.

“By carefully considering our choices, we help shape the fabric of the society in which we live, as well as the legacy we leave for young Canadians,” say the bishops.

Faced with difficult choices, the bishops encourage the faithful, “in addition to informing their conscience, reflecting deeply and sharing with others … to invoke the Holy Spirit for an outpouring of his multiple gifts so that the electoral process and all that awaits us will be marked by lasting peace, justice, respect and social order, so that together we strive to build a better future for all.