* Priorities & Choices is a new initiative to awaken citizens to injustices that impact on the social and economic well being of vulnerable individuals and communities.
* We are beginning by focusing on the issue of the high increase in the Federal Budget for military spending because this huge increase in spending reduces funds available for many other much needed programs, such as affordable housing, child care, clean water projects, climate change initiatives, etc. It is our hope that citizens will raise this injustice with candidates of all political parties in the upcoming federal election.
A basic premise underlying our call for a shift in Priorities is that greatly increased funding is needed to provide rental housing for the most vulnerable in our communities. As an example, in the city of Edmonton, over 22,000 people pay more than 50% of their monthly income on rent. We have endless research on the need for affordable housing and on strategies for creating housing. We need more Federal dollars! Redirecting $100 billion from military spending over 20 years is a good comparison of the additional funding that is required to address the housing crisis being experienced by thousands of people on low incomes.
There is a Federal election in 3.5 months and we want to encourage citizens to speak with all candidates about what they feel should be priorities for public funding.
We are calling for an immediate reduction of the 70% increase (over 10 years) to a 30% increase, and for the billions in reductions (estimated to be $100 billion over 20 years) to be redirected to human needs, such as affordable housing, education, childcare, clean water for indigenous communities, supports for refugees, new initiatives to fight climate change, and other actions that will benefit the health of communities across Canada. See – 70 per cent Increase and $32 billion in 2018
In the upcoming Federal election, we need to encourage citizens (and faith institutions) to question candidates about what our priorities should be i.e. military spending or affordable housing, childcare, etc.
See – Defence Investment Plan 2018 and the following graph – http://prioritiesandchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Graph-showing-32-billion-annual-budget.pdf
“Courage for Peace, Not for War”
“A Garden on the Frontlines – Planting Peace in a War Zone”
“Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
“Thomas Merton – Poetry and Resistance”