The Liberals have politicized the summer job, and as a result are penalizing charitable groups that subscribe to a different value-set.
So much for "diversity is our strength."
A recent National Post story reveals that after being defunded for refusing to agree with the Liberals’ “core mandate” values, millions have been forfeited due to exclusion from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
The Liberals effectively changed the rules of the game in the bottom of the 9th inning with their over-the-top virtue signalling set out in the eligibility requirements:
To be eligible [for a grant], the core mandate of the organization must 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.
The most contentious issue is the proviso on reproductive rights which, simply put, means all hiring organizations must pledge that they’re pro-choice, but this bully pulpit position simply makes no sense. Isn’t such an edict unconstitutional to begin with?
A government that administers any kind of grant program is fully within its rights to expect recipients to follow the law of the land, but Canada has no law on abortion.
If the Liberals are so pro-choice and care so deeply about this issue, then why not do the right thing and address this contentious issue by drafting an abortion law in Parliament?