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In following up to Resolution 9 that was carried at the 117th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster, Bishop Skelton has written and sent the attached letter to The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, Federal Government of Canada.

The motion is as follows:

Resolution 9 moved by the Reverend Emilie Smith and seconded by the Reverend Expedito Farinas is as follows: RESOLVED That this Synod  through the Bishop to the International Trade Minister Francois -Philippe Champagne calls upon the Government of Canada to institute a human rights ombudsperson for the international extractive sector with the power to independently investigate complaints, and make public their findings without the approval of any government ministry or cabinet.  


The Reverend Emilie Smith speaks to the motion, May 27, 2017.