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A vision of justice and peace to guide us in 2018

Council of Canadians honorary chairperson Maude Barlow.

During this season that celebrates peace and goodwill to all, let us continue to build a better world that includes:

1- The right to water and sanitation, clean drinking water for all, the public ownership of water utilities, and the full protection of all water sources.

2- The public ownership of energy resources, energy democracy, energy efficiency and public transit, just transition strategies for workers in the fossil fuel economy, and a 100 per cent renewable energy future by 2050.

3- Fair trade that promotes the creation of permanent, well-paying jobs, the right of governments to regulate in the public interest, the prioritization of environmental protection, and where the judiciary arbitrates on trade related disputes.

4- The full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, notably the right to free, prior and informed consent, and respect for inherent rights and title.

5- A fully public health care system, that promotes well-being and includes a universal and public drug coverage program.

6- A functioning democracy with proportional representation, public participation in decision-making, and involvement in meaningful consultations in between elections.

7- A democratic economy that meets the needs of the environment and workers, prioritizes a sufficient income for all, the elimination of wealth disparities, full protection for all workers, and an end to poverty.

8- Global relations based on peace, social solidarity, equality, a community of nations, the elimination of nuclear weapons, and the free movement of people.

9- Air, water and other shared resources necessary for life to be accessible to all members of society and held in common as a public trust.

10- Justice, equal rights, accessibility and inclusion for all.

For a fuller articulation of our world view, please see our Vision Statement here.