Attack On Our Charter Freedoms

“Terence is fearless in standing up to those who would undermine human rights and fairness”

– Gary Will, Oakville Lawyer  

Our Charter freedoms of conscience, religion, thought and belief are under attack by Justin Trudeau and his caucus. The Liberals are to trying silence dissenting voices and punish those who disagree with them. This is what happens in 3rd world dictatorships, not democracies.       

Over 1500 groups, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish youth groups have been blacklisted by the Liberals from the $230 M summer jobs program simply because of what they believe. This makes all people who don’t agree with the Liberals second-class citizens and constitutes illegal discrimination. It goes directly against our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the highest law in Canada and thankfully is facing court challenges.

The Charter was created to protect all Canadians from governments trying to silence those who hold different views, exactly what the Liberals are doing! — identifying and punishing them, and preventing others from hearing them.  

I will always stand up for our Charter rights. I want to join the Conservative Caucus in fighting this unconstitutional policy in Ottawa.       

This is no minor misunderstanding. We have now seen inside the heart and mind of Justin Trudeau. He believes that he is above the Charter.  The Liberals can’t just say “Oops, we didn’t mean it,” when the Supreme Court overturns their policy. Millions of Canadians today left their birth countries to get away from such abuses of power.   

But I am shocked to watch Oakville MP John Oliver and other Liberal MPs, who claim to be ‘the party of the Charter’, behave like sheep while Justin, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who personally promoted and nurtured the Charter in 1982, decides that it only applies to people who agree with him. Members of Parliament have a duty to hold the government to account. Liberal MPs are failing in that duty.     

The Charter protects the following freedoms as ‘fundamental’ rights, amongst others (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. There is no gray area here.

The Liberals also blackmailed applicants by insisting they betray their conscience in exchange for taxpayer’s money for jobs, by attesting their beliefs aren’t their ‘core’ beliefs. This is compelled speech, also against the Charter, something totalitarian leaders practice.             

And Oakville MP John Oliver fully agrees with Justin Trudeau, voting against the following Conservative motion in parliament: 

That, in the opinion of the House, organizations that engage in non-political non-activist work, such as feeding the homeless, helping refugees, and giving kids an opportunity to go to camp, should be able to access Canada Summer Jobs funding regardless of their private convictions and regardless of whether or not they choose to sign the application attestation.  

(One principled Liberal voted for free expression, Newfoundland MP Scott Simms, and Trudeau fired him from his position as Chair of the Fisheries Committee. Well done Scott).

At least one group thinks stripping faith groups of their charitable status may be Liberal’s next move, to tax them like a business, uprooting Canadian history and forcing them to cut back on the loving charitable work they do across Canada.    

https://www.catholicregister.org/item/26911-canada-summer-jobs-controversy-could-affect-charitable-status-warns-raitt

Why does this matter? Since before confederation places of worship in Canada have been realms where the state has no authority, an important bulwark against totalitarianism. That is a key reason the charter protects freedom of belief, and it is protected by our courts.

Justin Trudeau tells people what to say (“We say people kind”) but is now going much farther, coercing them what to believe. What could be next? But these attacks on freedom only happen when good people don’t stand up to autocratic leaders. The best way to do that is to vote the Liberals out in October 2019.    

-Terence

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