Freedom of What?
Last year, Canadians were shocked to learn that the government was demanding that businesses and charitable organizations attest to their approval of abortion before they could qualify to receive funds from the Canada Summer Jobs Program. If directors of organizations were not willing to deny their beliefs, if they were not willing to affirm opinions and expressions in accord with the views of the Prime Minister, those organizations found their applications rejected.
These “naughty taxpayers” were still required to pay their taxes but unlike the “nice taxpayers,” who believe what our Prime Minister believes, they didn’t qualify for taxpayer assistance in hiring youth for summer jobs. Some capitulated. Some refused and were denied grants. Some went to court. There are still at least nine organizations awaiting court resolution over this violation of equality in Canada.
The program requirements for 2019 have now been released . . . I had to see if Canadians will once again be required to submit to the authoritarian edicts of the Prime Minister. Here’s what I found. This is the wording of last year’s attestation, which has now been replaced:
“In order to receive federal Canada job grants, employers must attest that:
- both the job and the organization’s core mandate 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…”
So, how are things looking this year with the Canada Summer Jobs Program? As William Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” or, in this case, “the stench of government mandated beliefs would still stink.”
According to information taken from the National Post, “Ineligible employers” includes, those that “advocate intolerance, discrimination and/or prejudice; or actively work to undermine or restrict a woman’s access to sexual and reproductive health services.”
Joyce Arthur, executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said, ”It still achieves the same aim of ensuring that groups that are primarily against human rights, like anti-choice groups, are not going to be eligible for funding still, and it appears to satisfy the concerns of religious groups and churches,”.
Before we address the glaring non-changes in the document, let’s correct several bait-and-switch falsehoods presented as facts, both by the document itself and by Ms. Arthur:
- Pro-lifers do respect human rights. That’s why we seek to protect the right to life.
- “Reproductive rights” is a made-up phrase and people like Mr. Trudeau use it to mean “the right to kill your baby.”
- Like the word “abortion,” neither “sexual orientation” nor “gender identity” are found in the Charter. More made-up phrases and made-up rights. “Anti-choice” is another phrase used to discredit pro-lifers. In fact, we defend the right to choose life, something pro-abort MPs refused to do when they defeated Rod Bruinooge’s Anti-Coercion Bill in 2010.
- It is a huge assumption that this change will “satisfy the concerns of religious groups and churches.” If any Christian organizations are so easily placated by these minor word changes, then they haven’t spent enough time reviewing the demands.
Our government appears to think that, while abortion rights advocates understand that nothing has changed, pro-lifers are simpletons who can’t understand these simple facts.
The change from agreeing that an organization’s “core mandate” respects reproductive rights, which was last year’s requirement, compared to this year where you can’t “advocate intolerance towards abortion,” does not remove governmental control of beliefs. If a pastor says that the church does not believe in abortion, is he advocating intolerance? After all, the definition of advocate, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is, “someone who publicly supports something.” Oxford says, “A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.” Merriam Webster says, “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.”
No matter which definition you take, it means organizations cannot publicly oppose abortion and still avail themselves of a grant from the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Pastors can’t teach sanctity of human life publicly from the pulpit if the church wishes to provide a summer job to a student.
Perhaps our current government fails to understand the difference between a free society and a government tyranny. As we look at people and organizations being compelled to publicly declare, through commission or omission, that they support our nation’s slaughter of our unborn, we cannot help but recognize that our Charter has become nothing more than a dream . . . a dream that is dying a slow and painful death.
Section 2 of our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms spells out our fundamental freedoms:(a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.
But these Utopian words are nothing more than print on a page. Freedom of conscience, belief, opinion, thought, and expression in Canada are only accessible to those who will spout what our government mandates.
This is a sad testimony to the state of our democracy. Further, we have another year of a Liberal government attempting to erase from Canada the hallmarks of a free society.
We MUST bring this to an end. We MUST prepare for election 2019. Canadians MUST take their courage in their hands and do what needs to be done to end this tyranny and allow Canada to once again flourish as a free society.
CHP Canada is dedicated to this. Are you able to serve your country as a candidate or volunteer? Are you willing to invest funds to further the cause of freedom? Will you stand with us today and claim a free Canada for future generations?
Join today! It will take all of us to reclaim our heritage of freedom and equality.
Other Commentary by Vicki Gunn:
- Selling Out…or Compromise?
- Are You A Liberal or a Bigot?
- Are We in Trouble?
- Group Rights… and Wrongs!
- Swept Under the Carpet
- A Canada Without Laws
- Feminism or Misogynism