When the Liberal Government announced its new policy for employers receiving summer job grants for students, there was little fan-fare. Only when people started to realize exactly what it all meant, did it raise the ire of the Canadian public. And rightly so.
The message from the government to the people is nothing short of a draconian message to toe the line on abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism—or suffer the consequences of not receiving funds from the Summer Jobs Program.
The policy, adopted on December 19, 2017, states that to obtain grants under the Canada Summer Jobs Program employers must check a box that affirms the following: Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
A ‘no’ vote will make the organization automatically ineligible for funding.
Not in the Charter
Not only are ‘reproductive rights’ not in the Charter, but it was determined by Trudeau’s father that abortion should never be enshrined in the Charter. In June 1981, then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau stated in a letter: “Because the public is evenly divided on the subject of abortion it was the government’s ‘considered view’ that a position favouring one side should not be enshrined in the charter. The Government feels the issue is not one which should be defended by the Constitution.”[i]
The fact that millions of Canadians share views that support life and the traditional family have, perhaps till now, escaped the Liberal government. Their policy is one that officially discriminates on the basis of expression, conscience and religion, rights protected by the Charter, and favors only those beliefs that align with the Liberal government's radical social agenda.
Churches and charities that serve the poor, the disadvantaged are now being denied funding because of their deeply held beliefs.
Court Injunction by Toronto Right to Life
On January 19, 2018, the Right to Life Association of Toronto and Area (TRTL) was in Federal Court to request "an urgent interim injunction to stay the operation" of the government's decision to add the attestation requirement to the Canada Summer Jobs program application. This is very significant.
The TRTL has asked for a Judicial Review of the federal government's requirement for an "attestation" of values on the Summer Jobs program application forms and is arguing that this requirement infringes on sections 2(a), 2(b) and 15 of the Charter:
2(a) - freedom of conscience and religion;
2(b) - freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
15 - equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law
If granted, the injunction will prevent the government from imposing the "attestation" requirement on applicants, until the matter is fully resolved by the court at a later date.
LifeCanada is asking that people pray for a favourable outcome and for the Right to Life Association of Toronto as they fight to protect our rights.
More information can be found on Toronto Right to Life’s court injunction here in the Toronto Star.
Even the CBC published an opinion piece that criticized the application policy. On January 18, 2018 they ran an opinion piece by David Millard Haskell, an associate professor of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. In it he stated the following:
Conservative Christians and those of other faiths supporting pro-life positions should not be subjected to an ideological purity test to qualify for federal funding. The beliefs they hold about abortion are completely within the bounds of the law and can be voiced upon and advocated for freely and publicly. Even organizations that are solely dedicated to opposing abortion contravene no law.
Their only "crime" is that their values don't align with those of our prime minister. It's ironic that Trudeau insists Canadians support "diversity and inclusion," when he himself does not.
The article went viral and received over 9,000 comments. You can join in the discussion here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/summer-jobs-program-1.4491602?vtype=reset&vtoken=62c98828eb17492a91c47ad54d0b60f2
What can you do? We strongly encourage you to write respectfully to Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour and express your opinions to the Prime Minister.
The following are talking points that can be used in your letter:
· I want to express my great dismay at this discriminatory application process.
· It is the government, not these charitable organizations, who are contravening the Charter.
· There is no Charter right to abortion but there is a Charter right to freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.
· If you believe in a pluralistic society in which all views are respected, you need to respect the views of millions of Canadians who object implicitly to abortion.
· Law abiding citizens of all stripes who pay taxes, work hard and who individually and collectively contribute to our society should not be forced to think as the government does on these important matters of conscience. Mandated belief is draconian and an affront to democracy.
· I urge you to reconsider this policy. It is anti-democratic. It flies in the face of pluralism. You are marginalizing your own citizens for daring to think for themselves.
· I would appreciate a response.
Write to Patty Hadju here: (No postage required.)
House of Commons
Email: [email protected]
Write to the Prime Minister here: (No postage required.)
The Right Hon. Prime Minister
House of Commons
Phone: 1 613 995-0253
1100 Crémazie East
Montréal QC H2P 2X2
Phone: 1 514 277-6020
E-mail: [email protected]
The following polls can be signed here.
LifeSite News Petition:
Human Life International: In the Name of Tolerance the Canadian Government Promotes Discrimination against Pro-Lifers
[i] Pierfe Elliot Trudeau in a letter regarding a suggested amendment, dated July 6, 1981, to Archbishop MacNeil of Edmonton, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.