Unstable, Intolerant Prime Minister Trudeau
The time has come to question whether Justin Trudeau is mentally and emotionally stable. His actions indicate that his decisions have become extreme, lacking in both common sense and rationality. It is now reasonable for the public to question whether he is fit to continue to hold public office.
His latest decision, on what has so far been the innocuous summer jobs program funding, is beyond outrageous and can be regarded, to put it as politely as possible, as an indication of an impairment of Trudeau’s mental faculties. This decision is based on his incredible intolerance of the views of Canadians which differ from his own – especially on abortion. The purpose of the Summer Jobs Program was to give grants to non-profit groups, small businesses and public sector employers in order to create jobs for students between the ages of 15 to 30, working for enterprises of less than fifty employees. The fund now pays out $220 million annually.
Last fall, a pro-abortion organization, The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), gleefully informed Trudeau about the horror that the student summer program permitted some pro-life groups to receive funding in order to hire students to carry out its allegedly “disgusting” programs that promote pro-life. The shock and horror was all too much!
The pro-abortion group knew that Trudeau would not permit this to continue. Accordingly, the policy was changed by Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, who is responsible for the administration of the summer jobs program, to prevent funding for pro-life groups. The government stated this change was necessary in order to promote Charter “values”, which, supposedly, include reproductive rights, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (transgenderism). The Canada Summer Jobs 2018 website states:
The government recognizes that women’s rights are human rights. This includes 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.
As a result of this new policy, three pro-life groups, The Toronto Right to Life, Guelph Right to Life and the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform brought a constitutional challenge to the Federal Court, arguing that the policy conflicted with the Charter rights to freedom of conscience, religion and opinion, and that the Minister of Employment did not have the right to compel speech as a condition for receiving financial benefit from the Government of Canada.
Knowing it was operating on legal thin ice, in November, 2017, the Liberal government settled the case with the three pro-life groups, paying them the amount of funding denied them in their application, plus their legal costs. The government stated that the three pro-life groups:
Were denied funding on the basis of a criteria neither set out in the Applicant’s guide nor included in the MP’s list of local priorities for 2017.
The Minister of Employment, Patty Hajdu, then went back to the drawing board, and on December 19, 2017, announced that those seeking funding from the summer jobs program must attest 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”.
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. they 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 Justin 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 in the summer jobs program on the false belief that abortion and transgenderism are “rights”. How could he, as Prime Minister, not know this is not correct, or is it just abysmal ignorance.
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 passes an ideological purity test. 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 jobs program, what about other government programs? Will he insist on compliance to his policies in order for Canadians to receive benefits from other programs?
Firestorm of Protests
This requirement to sign the attestation in order to obtain a grant under the program created a firestorm of protests from faith-based organizations across Canada. 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 neighbours better. Unfortunately for service providers, they will now be denied access to this government program – because the same religious beliefs that spur on their essential work also renders them ineligible. Very few faith-based non-profits will be able to hire students through this program. As stated by National Post’s Chris Selley, on January 24, 2018, “lots of people have long argued to defund churches and their organizations, even to withdraw charitable status. In defending their side, many Liberals seem to be proposing something quite revolutionary (i.e. denying tax exempt status to churches and their charities) without quite realizing it.
Religious ministries involved in prisons, soup kitchens, homes for the aged, childcare centres, sponsoring Syrian refugees, summer camps for deprived children, the Salvation Army’s shelters for the homeless, etc. have all been caught up in the Liberal Government’s ideological demands on Canadians.
On January 4, 2018, The Toronto Right to Life commenced another constitutional challenge to the government’s decision to limit the Summer Jobs Program funding to only those groups that support the government’s policy, which, by the way, gives priority to homosexual groups. The action was filed by Calgary constitutional lawyer, Carol Crosson. She requested that the court quash the attestation requirement on the grounds that compelled “speech” and that
compelling individuals to adopt certain beliefs in order to receive benefits … is a breach of their conscience rights, religious rights, expression rights and right to equality under the Charter.
The Trudeau government, as usual, blinded by its ideological stance, has created a whole Pandora’s box of problems and fully deserves all the troubles it has brought upon itself.
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 and basic principles?
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 an ideological purity test in order to receive a government grant.
Trudeau, by this irrational policy, has turned the Charter upside down. Its purpose was to protect citizens from the government, not impose the government’s policies on Canadian 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