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The Taskforce on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility is a coalition of Christian churches that for nearly twenty years was one of Canada’s leading anti-apartheid advocates. As the first co-ordinator of this Taskforce, Renate Pratt was at the centre of the early anti-apartheid initiatives in Canada and consequently is able to supply a clear and accurate view.
The book traces the history of exchanges between the Taskforce and successive ministers and senior civil servants of the Department of External Affairs. It details the reluctant and weak responses offered by the Canadian government and business community right up to the time of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
In Good Faith will be of particular interest to Canadian Christians concerned with ecumenical co-operation and with the social and political dimensions of their faith. Equally, it will appeal to those interested in the impact of public interest organizations on public policy or the relationship between politics and business interests.
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In Good Faith: Canadian Churches Against Apartheid, by Renate Pratt
Preface by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Foreword by Roger Hutchinson
Part One 1975–80
1. Prelude to Action
2. Canadian Business Ties
Part Two 1981–84
3. Apartheid and the Canadian Government
4. From Acceptance to Unease: Canadian Corporate Responses to Apartheid, 1981–84
Part Three 1985–87
5. The Struggle Intensifies
6. Canada's Anti-Apartheid Initiatives, 1985–86
Part Four 1987–90
7. The Taskforce and Continuing Canadian Corporate Involvement in South Africa
8. The Long Road Back from Sanctions, 1987
9. The Taskforce and the Abandonment of Canada's Sanctions Policy, 1988–90
10. Final Reflections