Justin Trudeau’s “Values Test” is Offensive
I have received hundreds of emails, calls and letters regarding the Liberal government’s requirement for “attestation” when applying for funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Thank you to everyone for voicing their concerns. I, along with all of my colleagues in the Conservative party are very concerned about this mandated “attestation” and will continue to do everything we can to force the Liberal government to reconsider their view.
Today I have written an opinion editorial on this issue and it has already been posted by the Toronto Sun. Hopefully other local and national publications will follow suit and run this editorial so that all Canadians will understand that what Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government is doing is both unfair and against the very Charter that the hold so dear.
I would encourage everyone to forward this page, including the link to my editorial, to everyone you know. I would also ask that you then print out a copy of a (Summer Jobs Petition) that I have created and complete and return to my office. I will then present this petition to the government in the House of Commons.
Again, thank you for voicing your concerns about this issue. Please rest assured that we will do everything with our power to rectify this situation.
Here is my Opinion Editorial:
Justin Trudeau’s “Values Test” is Offensive
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau never misses an opportunity to boast about how his government will do everything it can, to protect Canadians’ Charter Rights and Freedoms.
Convicted terrorist Omar Khadr is Trudeau’s most high profile example for his Charter Rights arguments. When he was a teenager, Khadr killed a U.S. soldier while fighting with the Taliban. The Supreme Court ruled Khadr’s rights were violated during his captivity. The Liberal Government compensated him with a $10.5 million payout. It was like winning the lottery. It was all taxpayer money. Trudeau has been defending that multi-million dollar apology ever since. He has said repeatedly, “the fact is, that we should all be outraged that a Canadian government violated a Canadian’s fundamental rights.”
What about the fundamental rights and freedoms of Canadians who are being denied Canada Summer Jobs funding unless they sign an oath that they agree with the Liberal Government’s position on reproductive rights? Justin Trudeau has no problem violating their rights. Freedom of Religion, Conscience and Belief are just a few of the Charter Rights being violated.
This year, the Liberal government requires everyone applying for a Canada Summer Jobs Grant to sign an “attestation” that neither their core mandate, nor the jobs being funded, opposes human rights. That includes reproductive rights.
Most churches and faith-based groups believe abortion is morally wrong. But, there is no way around the attestation in the application. If they apply online, they must check the box that they agree with women’s reproductive rights. If they don’t check the box, they can’t go any further in the online application process. If they mail it in and the box isn’t checked, the application won’t be processed.
Eighty per cent of the Canada Summer Jobs applicants in my riding of Niagara West are churches or faith-based charities. My office has received emails and phone calls from church organizers worried that they won’t be able to offer programs to hundreds of children this summer because their application will be rejected.
One such church program in Grimsby contacted my office to say organizers are submitting a paper application with an additional letter of explanation as to why they can’t check the “attestation.” This program offers a summer camp experience to more than 300 children. Many of those children have developmental disabilities. The Summer Jobs Grant money is used in part to train camp counsellors how to interact with these children. But this year the program is in jeopardy because the church will most likely be denied federal funding.
Employment Minister Patty Hadju has said the federal government won’t pay for work that actively undermines Canadians rights. How does the work churches do undermine fundamental rights? Churches feed the poor, help settle refugees and organize summer camps for disadvantaged children. Why are they being denied federal funding? It’s discriminatory. The attestation is offensive. It violates the very Charter Rights it claims to defend.
Justin Trudeau has said a church’s core mandate is not activism, so therefore, it can check the box. But the issue is that church leaders cannot morally check a box that affirms they agree with the same views as the Liberal party has on reproductive rights. These church leaders and program organizers have integrity. But integrity is something Justin Trudeau simply doesn’t understand.