With the federal election campaign underway, the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a guide inviting Catholics to vote with discernment. In its "2015 Federal Election Guide,"the Commission lists some basic principles from Catholic moral and social teaching to help voters analyze and evaluate public policies and programs.

As in the previous guide for the 2011 election, the document focuses on respect for life and the dignity of the human person, social justice, the family, world peace, and the environment. The guide does not instruct Catholics on how to vote, but it does invite them to ask the questions:What do the political parties say about these issues? What positions are the candidates taking? 

While recognizing that there are times when "choices may prove very difficult," the bishops note that "It is a sign of a healthy community when informed and responsible citizens engage in an ongoing dialogue on major social issues with their political leaders."

Download the 2015 Federal Election Guide (PDF)