Provincial Election, Monday, November 30th

This list and reflections are a revised version of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops document, “2015 Federal Election Guide: Making Our Voices Heard”.

Voting: a right and responsibility

Canadian Catholics are being called upon as citizens to exercise their right to vote. The Church encourages and reasserts its belief in “the political freedom and responsibility of citizens.”[1] By exercising their right to vote, citizens fulfill their duty of choosing a government and at the same time send a clear signal to the candidates being presented by the political parties. Political candidates are citizens too. In addition, they assume responsibility for the well-being of the public. Their commitment and dedication are a generous contribution to society’s common good. Indeed, the purpose of the political community is the common good.[2] What is the common good? It is “the sum of those conditions of … social life whereby people, families and associations more adequately and readily may attain their own perfection.”[3]



[1] Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, no. 76.3.

[2] Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 74.1.

[3] Second Vatican Council, The Church in the Modern World, n. 74.1.