On 9 August 2017, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby OMI, wrote an open letter on behalf of the CCCB to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the harmful practices of Canadian extractive industries operating in Latin America. In it, he says:
We cannot accept the unethical way Canadian mining companies have been operating in Latin America or other regions of the world… It is up to all of us – government, corporations, investors, local authorities, workers and consumers – to change our attitudes and practices if we are ever to live in a world in which the creation of wealth from the fruits of the earth does not blind us to the origin and purpose of these goods, which is to advance the conditions of life for all.
Canadian Jesuits International supports the bishops’ call for improved oversight of Canadian extractive companies operating abroad.
To read the CCCB letter, click here.