Canada needs an Ombudsperson: Take ACTION for mining justice
KAIROS is campaigning to make Canada a global leader in corporate accountability. Now, we are on the cusp of a major breakthrough. And this is where you come in!
On November 2, KAIROS and our partners in the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability launched a new legislative proposal, The Global Leadership in Business and Human Rights Act, to create a human rights Ombudsperson for the international extractive sector. The bill would open up a new avenue to access justice in Canada for people impacted by the overseas operations of Canadian mining, oil and gas companies.
We need your help to keep up the pressure on the federal government by showing there is widespread public support for an Ombudsperson.
Please join us in this cross-Canada action to call on International Trade Minister to create an Ombudsperson office and use the new draft model legislation as the blueprint.
More than 100,000 Canadians wrote to their local Members of Parliament before the last federal election asking for Canada to be “Open for Justice.” Heeding this call, four out of the five major political parties committed to creating an extractive sector Ombudsperson, including the Liberal Party that formed government in October 2015. Thank you to everyone who took part in this MP action campaign. You made a difference!
Since the election, Open for Justice campaigners have been meeting with MPs and senior government officials to outline how the Liberal government can follow through on its election promise and create an Ombudsperson office.
In October, KAIROS and 50 other Canadian organizations published an open letter in support of the Open for Justice campaign as a full-page ad in the Hill Times, the most widely read newspaper on Parliament Hill.
For KAIROS, the Open for Justice campaign is a direct response to calls from our global partners and the mining affected communities they accompany. For more information, please visit our website.
Ian Thomson Program Coordinator – Resources and Rights; Africa Partnerships
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Tel: 613-235-9956 ext. 222