ALERT – OTTAWA – January 16, 2018
Justin Trudeau is so ideologically blinded by his belief that women have unrestricted access to abortion that he has cut off financial support to all faith-based institutions under the federal summer jobs program unless they agree with his position.
This program funds placements for 70,000 students between 15 to 30 years of age working in non-profit groups, small businesses and public sector organizations which have up to 50 employees. The fund now pays out $220 million annually.
When Trudeau learned that pro-life groups were receiving grants under the program, he immediately cut off their funding. This led to a constitutional challenge by three pro-life groups, The Toronto Right to Life, Guelph Right to Life and the Calgary based Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.
Because he was skating on legal thin ice, in November, 2017, Trudeau decided to settle the case by paying the pro-life groups the amount for which they had applied, plus all their legal costs.
However, as a legal cover-up, on December 19, 2017, the Trudeau government then established a new policy that required each applicant to sign an attestation which state
that their “core mandate” and the jobs they create respect Charter values, including “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.
The Canada Summer Jobs website asserts that the attestation is “consistent with individual human rights in Canada” which include sexual and reproductive rights – and the right to access safe and legal abortions. These rights are at the core of the Government of Canada’s foreign and domestic policies”.
Trudeau, as usual, is all mixed up. He confuses Charter values with Charter rights. They are not the same. Charter values are merely a subjective understanding or interpretation of what the Charter is supposed to be about, and they are non-binding. It is merely an opinion about what an individual thinks of the Charter. Charter rights, however, are written into the Charter or have been interpreted as a “right” by the Supreme Court and they are binding on the public i.e. must be adhered to and respected. Neither abortion nor transgenderism have been declared “rights” under the Charter. Abortion has never been upheld as a right in Canada and “transgenderism” (gender expression) is merely legislation dreamed up and pushed through Parliament by Trudeau. Because abortion and transgenderism are legal doesn’t make them either moral or acceptable to most of the public.
Trudeau has based his whole argument on discriminating against pro-life and religious based groups on a false belief that abortion and transgenderism are “rights”. How could he, as Prime Minister, not know this is incorrect, or is his ignorance just abysmal?
Yet, Trudeau is attempting to force Canadians to accept his own muddled perspective by demanding that access to a taxpayer funded summer student program can only take place if the applicant agrees with him. We are all supposed to become shadow Trudeau men or women, in order to obtain funding under the Charter. If Trudeau gets away with this in regard to the summer job programs, what about other government programs. Will he insist for compliance to his policies in order to receive benefits?
Firestorm of Protests
The requirement to sign the attestation to obtain a grant under the program has created a firestorm of protests from faith-based organizations across Canada which have been swept up in Trudeau’s new policy. It is well known that most charity work in Canada is done by religious groups and churches. From homeless shelters to food banks, religious Canadians of all stripes do much to make the lives of their less fortunate neighbors better. Unfortunately for them, they will now be denied access to the government’s summer student program – because the same religious beliefs that motivate this essential work, renders them ineligible for grants, causing few faith-based non-profits to be able to hire students this summer under this program.
That is, religious ministries which operate in prisons, provide hot meals for the poor, churches sponsoring Syrian refugees, language schools or summer camps for deprived children, and Salvation Army shelters for the homeless have all been caught up in this Liberal Government’s ideological madness.
On January 4, 2018, The Toronto Right to Life commenced yet another constitutional challenge of the government’s decision to limit the Summer Jobs Program funding to only those groups that support the government’s policy. The action was filed by Calgary based, constitutional lawyer, Carol Crosson, who requested the court quash the attestation requirement on the grounds it is “compelled speech” and that it compels individuals to adopt certain beliefs in order to receive benefits, which is a breach of their conscience rights, religious rights, expression rights and right to equality under the Charter.
By the way, the program considers the LGBTQ2 community one of its “national priorities”.
Employment Minister, Patty Hajdu, trying to dig the government out of the hole it has created for itself, now claims there is a distinction to be drawn, between a group’s “core mandate” which happens to include pro-life views, and that of pro-life groups that have been founded to solely oppose abortions. She urges faith-based groups to just go ahead and sign the attestation. How little Minister Hajdu and the government understand faith-based groups! They would never sign a document as expected by Hajdu that undermines their basic beliefs, in order to obtain a few thousand dollars from a government program. How can we trust a government that has such a poor understanding of religious belief?
Trudeau’s policy on the summer employment program suppresses free speech and association rights by forcing people to adapt to the present government’s views. That is, individuals and faith-based groups are now required to accept a religious means test in order to receive a government grant.
Trudeau, by this irrational policy, has turned the Charter upside down. It was supposed to protect citizens from the government, not impose the government’s policies on citizens.
Please write immediately to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister of Employment, Patty Hajdu, and your own MP, objecting to this horrendous policy established under the summer jobs program. Their addresses are as follows:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Employment Minister Patty Hajdu
House of Commons
Canada K1A 0A6
c/o House of Commons
Canada K1A 0A6