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Catholic Conscience: Video of Interviews
with Political Party Representatives – Saskatchewan Election

Kiply Lukan Yaworski
Communications Coordinator
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Update on the Catholic Action campaign for the Saskatchewan provincial election — the edited video of the responses of representatives of five political parties to seven questions related to Catholic social teaching is now complete and can be found posted on the Catholic Conscience site for the Saskatchewan election at: https://catholicconscience.org/saskatchewan2020/.

Below is the summary of the video content, followed by the YouTube version of the video of the interviews:

Introduction: Myron Rogal, Diocese of Saskatoon
Interviewer: Alison Bradish, Archdiocese of Regina

Buffalo Party: Wade Sira, Leader
Green Party: Naomi Hunter, Leader
New Democratic Party: Nicole Sarauer, MLA
Progressive Conservative Party: Ken Grey, Leader
Saskatchewan Party: Gord Wyant, Deputy Premier
(The Liberal Party did not respond to the bishops’ invitation)

Beginning and Ending with the question “Why should Catholics vote for your party?” the video features Alison Bradish of the Archdiocese of Regina asking seven questions that she introduces from the perspective of Catholic social teaching:

  1. Life and Dignity: Recognizing the division of powers between the Federal and Provincial Governments, would your party support any of the following policies to ensure the protection of the sick, marginalized, elderly and vulnerable persons in our province? 
  • Requirements for parental consent to abortion procedures on minors; 
  • Conscience and employment protection for all health care professionals and institutions whose personal or corporate ethos does not permit them to be complicit in the taking of human life; and,
  • Adequate funding for palliative care in all areas of the Province and increased provision of hospice end-of-life care, not including euthanasia.
  1. Stewardship of Creation: How does your political party propose to achieve an ecologically sustainable future for Saskatchewan, to protect the God-given dignity of coming generations and our fellow children of God around the world?
  2. Community and the Common Good: How does your party propose to ensure the continued right of Catholic education in Saskatchewan, for Catholics and/or for others who choose it, and how will you strengthen education of the whole person for coming generations?
  3. Option for the poor and vulnerable:What does your party propose to do to ensure a living and fair wage is available for all Saskatchewan’s workers; to address the injustice of poverty in our province; and to ensure that our economy serves people rather than the other way around?
  4. Rights and Responsibilities: How does your party propose to encourage and enable the great breadth of civil society in Saskatchewan to employ their time, talents, and treasure in the service of the common good, and promote the full participation of every person in our society?
  5. Solidarity:How does your party propose to work in partnership with the people of northern Saskatchewan, to reduce suicide rates in their communities, address the suffering they face, and support local initiatives to build a better future for the people of northern Saskatchewan?
  6. Justice and Peace:Central to the state’s stewardship of the people’s resources is its management of the provincial budget. How does your party propose to address the budgetary imbalances within our province resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, and how do you propose to steward the enormous fiscal resources of the state?

In closing — a huge thank you to the team at Catholic Conscience for doing the recording, and undertaking the very large editing job to put this together, under very tight time constraints!


 

Watch YouTube Video of Interviews

with Political Party Representatives – Saskatchewan Election

 


 

Click on link to previous posting information on October 11-2020:

Saskatchewan Provincial Election – Discernment in Elections – Catholic Conscience”»»

 

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