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on the issue – are literally matters
of life and death.
All of us also have local issues to
consider. Recently in Manitoba
churches led by musician Steve Bell
have begun advocating for the Freedom Road, a year-round link between the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
and the Trans-Canada Highway.
A hundred years ago the building
of an aqueduct for Winnipeg turned
Shoal Lake 40 from a peninsula
into an island. Inconsistent access
during freeze and thaw causes
many problems including inhibiting the construction of a water
treatment plant. For 18 years the
community has been under a boil
water order. It spends $130,000 per
year on bottled water.
Winnipeg and the province have
each offered to fund a third of the
cost of the road. Should the Federal
Government contribute the last
third? Perhaps there are other viable
approaches, but certainly there is
no better time than during an elec-
tion to press for an answer.
Whether the issues are local or
national, now is the time to ask
questions and garner commitments
from those who want to represent
you in the House of Commons.
Helpful election kits, including
fact sheets and suggested questions
to ask candidates, are available
from The Evangelical Fellowship of
Canada and other organizations.
When probing candidates and
talking election politics with our
neighbours, let’s also model the
civility and respect we want to see
from our elected representatives.
Many of us have complained
about the bitter exchanges in Parlia-
ment. Now is the time to foster an
environment where substantive
issues can be debated in a construct-
ive manner. Let’s remember that the
process as well as the outcomes
contribute to good governance.
We should not avoid the difficult
issues. In a democracy we strive
together in pursuit of the public
good. However, we are people of
grace and truth. Let’s demonstrate
and model that.
Above all let’s remember to pray
for the candidates and their families during this long campaign.
Whether you agree with them or
their party, they have invested
themselves in a process that benefits us all.
Let’s all ask God to work in the
hearts and minds of all Canadians
as we set the course politically for
the coming years. /FT
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