In January 2018, the government announced that it would create an independent office with the power to investigate. Instead, on April 8, 2019, it unveiled a powerless advisory post, a special advisor to the minister to be called the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE). The CORE is little different from what has already existed for years and is ill-equipped to address human rights abuses linked to Canadian companies operating overseas.
At the time, Minister Carr said that the promised powers to independently investigate would need to wait a little longer – until the results of an external legal review were made public, in just a few weeks’ time. Fast forward more than 18 months later and the report remains buried and the office of the CORE remains powerless.
Then in late November 2020, the office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Development and International Trade cemented the CORE’s fate, informing the CNCA that Canada will not give the CORE the promised powers to compel documents and testimony after all. This cannot stand! The time for action is now.
Join us in taking the following actions and urge the Government of Canada to empower the CORE and enact mandatory human rights due diligence legislation:
Tweet, write, or phone your local MP to ensure politicians from all parties recognize that Canadians demand an Ombudsperson “with teeth” and mandatory human rights due diligence legislation!
Find your MP here.
- Contact the Ministers of Global Affairs Canada
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs (613-995-4895); Francois-Philippe.Champagne@parl.gc.ca
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development (613-995-0881); Karina.Gould@international.gc.ca
Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade (613-996-3374); Mary.Ng@international.gc.ca
Click here for a sample call script to leave a strong message.
- Amplify our messages on social media using the samples below
.@CORE_Ombuds will soon open to complaints about overseas #bizhumanrights abuse, but office is unfit for purpose. W/out promised #power2investigate, it can’t meaningfully serve impacted communities. @[INSERT MP NAME/TWITTER HANDLE] will you ensure CA fulfills its #ombuds promise?
The communities around the world harmed by Cdn companies can wait no longer for 🇨🇦 to take real action. Don’t break the govt’s promise @[INSERT MP NAME/TWITTER HANDLE] & #empower the @CORE_Ombuds with the #power2investigate & #power2compel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N6RP7QuwgQ&feature=youtu.be
When it comes to human rights abuse, unlawful and unethical practices, destruction of livelihoods & environments, voluntary mechanisms are NOT enough! @[INSERT MP NAME/TWITTER HANDLE] will you support our call for Canada to #empower the @Core_Ombuds & #enact #mHRDD legislation?
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