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Outgoing Letters and Public Statements

April 18, 2011

Re: Reward miles for charity
A letter to the editor of Maclean's Magazine

I was pleased to read about the initiative of Groupe Aeroplan in the latest edition of Macleans (Reward miles for charity - April 18, 2011 at page 60). To create a special Aeroplan Miles account for the Red Cross’s efforts in Japan is good industry leadership and the donation of one million Miles an example of philanthropy.

While pleased that Aeroplan allows for the pooling of these Miles for the benefit of many other charities besides the Red Cross, to my shock and dismay, and what most people probably don’t know, Evangelical Christian religious causes are disqualified from the benefit of the Aeroplan Charitable Pooling program on the basis of their religious affiliation. What is most shocking about the blatant discriminatory exclusion of Evangelical groups is the fact that, unlike Aeroplan’s broad and general disqualification of political, government or sports organizations, the only religious group prohibited by the program is Evangelicals.

In one fell act of discrimination, Aeroplan excludes support for The Salvation Army, Compassion Canada, and World Vision – Evangelical organizations that are often working alongside the Red Cross, or where the Red Cross dare not tread.

Don Hutchinson
Vice-President, General Legal Counsel
Director, Centre for Faith and Public Life
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Outgoing Letters


EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger writes regular commentaries about public policy issues. The EFC magazine Faith Today often publishes articles and essays that examine such issues.

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