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By linking abortion rights to jobs funding the Liberals have opened up a new front in a culture war

Discomfort over the Liberal’s attestation extends beyond faith-based groups and the anti-abortion lobby.

On Monday in the House of Commons, veteran NDP MP David Christopherson broke ranks with his caucus to support a Conservative motion denouncing the attestation. He believes it is an affront to the right to lawful dissent. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May also feels the government overreached.

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– CHANTAL HEBERT | THE STAR | MAR 21 2018

Liberals’ effort to blackmail churches over abortion opposition backfires

The controversy has moved many of those who support the status quo to concede that people have a right to dissent from it. Even if abortion were defined in law as a right, the oddity of upholding that right by trampling others’ rights — to conscience, to speech — has been widely observed: it is not against the law to oppose a law. Indeed, the attestation requirement is almost certainly unconstitutional.

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– ANDREW COYNE | NATIONAL POST | MAR 26 2018

Second Liberal MP denounces Summer Jobs abortion-rights clause, says it misrepresents the Charter

In a letter to an employer in his Ontario riding, a Liberal MP, Jon McKay, says his own government is wrongly invoking the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on its controversial Canada Summer Jobs attestation, and calls the whole thing “regrettable” and a “lamentable state of affairs.”

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– BRIAN PLATT | NATIONAL POST | APR 02 2018

Canada’s churches aren’t interested in Trudeau’s 30 pieces of silver

The story of Judas — or the incapacity to understand it — fits so well the federal government’s obstinacy on the Canada Summer Job Program, an obstinacy that appears to be prompting Canadians to rethink whether their government is truly a champion of fundamental liberties.

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– FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA | NATIONAL POST | MAR 30 2018

Extremely disappointed’: Religious groups meet with minister on summer jobs program, but no compromise coming

A coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups says a face-to-face meeting with Employment Minister Patty Hajdu in Ottawa last week ended in disappointment as they were told there will be no compromise — at least for this year — on the Canada Summer jobs attestation on abortion rights.

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– BRIAN PLATT | NATIONAL POST | MAR 28 2018

POSSIBLE LAWSUIT LOOMING OVER CANADA SUMMER JOBS ATTESTATION

Bussey says ultimately, the precedent set by the Summer Jobs program attestation could be used to strip churches and other organizations of their charitable status, thus restricting their ability to hand out tax receipts for donations. These donations would be significantly hampered, curtailing the great work that so many Christian charities do across this country.

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– LIGHTHOUSE NEWS | ARPA CANADA | MAR 27 2018

Metro Vancouver refugees, kids hurt by federal summer grant change

For the past 12 years, the Living Hope Christian Fellowship church in Surrey has been receiving federal summer grants to hire two students to run a week-long camp and a drop-in centre for youths in the Whalley neighbourhood.

But the programs are in jeopardy this year.

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– SUSAN LAZARUK | VANCOUVER SUN | MAR 25 2018

New Democrat MP punished after supporting Conservative’s Summer Jobs motion

Christopherson told the Post earlier this week he has always been pro-choice, and his decision had “nothing to do” with abortion rights — instead, he was defending the public’s right to dissent.

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– MARIE-DANIELLE SMITH | NATIONAL POST | MAR 23 2018

Faith-based students should never be denied a summer job

Smart, ambitious, innovative …. and religious young Canadians just got kicked to the curb by the Liberal government. Faith-based youth have had their prospects for summer jobs dimmed and their convictions marginalized as all but one Liberal member of Parliament voted Monday night to limit access for summer job grants to those who believe in a pro-choice ethic.

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– LORNA DUECK | NATIONAL POST | MAR 21 2018

Ottawa ‘withholding taxpayer money’ from religious groups for summer jobs grant, Winnipeg pastor says

“I think it was very heavy-handed. I don’t really understand why [the federal government] decided not to listen to the concerns of so many of their constituents across the country,” said Glenn Krobel, lead pastor at Winnipeg’s Centerpoint Church.

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– CBC NEWS | CBC | MAR 20 2018

Pro-choice NDP MP breaks ranks on Summer Jobs vote, slams government for removing right to dissent

David Christopherson is pro-choice and has been an elected New Democrat for three decades. But on Monday night [March 19], he simply couldn’t bring himself to vote with the rest of his party on the Canada Summer Jobs attestation, which requires applicants to declare their core mandate respects abortion rights.

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– JORDAN PRESS | NATIONAL POST | MAR 20 2018

Elizabeth May Explains Why She Sides With Tories On Summer Jobs Dispute

Elizabeth May says the Liberal government overreached by attaching a clause on abortion rights to summer job funding applications, even though she agrees groups that “harass” women shouldn’t receive government support.

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– RYAN MALONEY | HUFFPOST | MAR 20 2018

Rejections For Canada Summer Jobs Funding Skyrocket After Liberals Change Criteria

Federal officials have rejected requests from more than 1,500 organizations for funding through the government’s premier summer jobs program, a 12-fold increase since the Liberals added new funding criteria that have drawn the ire of faith-based groups.

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– JORDAN PRESS | HUFFPOST| MAR 19 2018

Restriction on summer jobs funding not the first time religious rights in Canada have been trampled on”

For conservative Christians it feels like a miracle: Nearly every secular media outlet has come out against the Canada Summer Jobs program — and in support of religious freedom.

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– CHARLES LEWIS | NATIONAL POST | MAR 15 2018

John Ivison: Canada Summer Jobs controversy is not dead — it was merely resting

The Conservatives were not averse to directing funds toward their own hobby horses while in power. But Scheer maintains the Liberal manoeuvre is different and sets a dangerous precedent.

…“If we grant government the power to do this, it could be used to determine which groups get charitable status. We have to be vigilant and we can’t allow the government to infringe on the Charter.”

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– JOHN IVISON | NATIONAL POST| MAR 15 2018

Faith groups among those out millions in summer jobs funding after refusing to sign attestation to respect abortion rights

Groups across the country are facing a cash crisis after they were initially rejected for a Canada Summer Jobs grant for refusing to sign a controversial attestation to respect abortion rights.

Millions of dollars are at stake, and some organizations are preparing urgent fundraising campaigns. 

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– BRIAN PLATT | NATIONAL POST | MAR 15 2018

Religious leaders call on Trudeau to reverse funding policy for summer jobs program

Representatives of nearly 90 Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups issued a letter to Trudeau, urging him to accommodate the “diversity of values and beliefs” in Canadian society.

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– CANADIAN PRESS | THE GLOBE AND MAIL| JAN 25 2018

Feds cave but not enough for many faith groups to apply for summer jobs program

This new requirement is a slippery slope that begs the question, what’s next? What other government program will become accessible only to those who agree with the government of the day’s opinion on abortion or doctor-assisted suicide, for instance?

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– LICIA CORBELLA | CALGARY HERALD | JAN 24 2018

NDP Criticizes Liberals Over Abortion Rules For Canada Summer Jobs Program

NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen … said the NDP has heard from many groups worried about the policy, and that the real test should be whether the funding goes to summer jobs that have a positive purpose.

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– CANADIAN PRESS | HUFFPOST | JAN 24 2018

The Trudeau government is over-reaching on abortion and summer jobs

The government has overreached on this issue. Instead of focusing on what summer-jobs money would pay young people to do, it has made an issue of what the organizations that apply for the funds believe.

…The government’s support for Charter rights in general, and reproductive rights in particular, is admirable. But it should re-think its approach on this issue.

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– TORONTO STAR EDITORIAL BOARD | THE STAR | JAN 22 2018

How the Canada Summer Jobs program became a freedom-of-religion controversy

Although no group is entitled to receive a discretionary government grant, the government is still required to adhere to the Charter in how it administers programs and funding opportunities.

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– BRIAN PLATT | NATIONAL POST | JAN 21 2018

Corbella: Trudeau should read the charter and honour his father

The very first fundamental freedom any Canadian has is the freedom of conscience and the next is freedom of religion — which includes having no religion.

Those were not given top billing by accident… Without those rights, you live in North Korea. Freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression are the very basis of any free and democratic society.

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– LICIA CORBELLA | CALGARY HERALD | JAN 20 2018

Rex Murphy: No summer jobs for you! And other decrees from Bishop Trudeau

The prime minister has recently, speaking as one should say ex cathedra, declared a doctrinal test for any who wish to make application for student summer job grants. 

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– REX MURPHY | NATIONAL POST | JAN 19 2018

New Canada Summer Jobs rules are discriminatory, Manitoba MP says

“I think every Canadian should be concerned about the implications that these changes represent,”

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– AIDEN GEARY | CBC | JAN 17 2018

Our flippant prime minister simply won’t tolerate differing views

People and organizations can oppose abortion and still be respectable, law-abiding citizens. It’s not clear whether the Prime Minister understands this distinction, or prefers to ignore it in favour of a less honest approach.

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– KELLY MCPARLAND | NATIONAL POST | JAN 15 2018

In the name of tolerance, Trudeau attacks faith and those who serve others

In the name of tolerance, the Trudeau government is being intolerant to a huge swath of society that does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to caring for the poor and vulnerable in Canada. 

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LICIA CORBELLA | CALGARY HERALD | JAN 11 2018

No picking and choosing on the Charter, unless it suits Trudeau’s Liberals

As is so often the case, the government’s actions have fallen short of its rhetoric. … [T]here is a hierarchy of rights in this country: at the apex are those rights the Liberals find agreeable, at its base are those they find abhorrent.

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– JOHN IVISON | NATIONAL POST | JAN 08 2018