Most Canadians support human rights and, apart from hate speech and calls to violence, agree people should never be sanctioned by governments for their beliefs. Just check this recent quote from Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland regarding Saudi Arabia that should prove it:
“We are always going to speak for human rights, we will always speak for women’s rights, and that is not going to change.”
Yet the highest law in our land, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the following freedoms as ‘fundamental’ rights, amongst others (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, is being denied to millions of Canadians of faith, and others.
Freedom of expression if the mother of all freedoms. Because without freedom to express our beliefs there would be no democracy. It is powerful. That’s why the Saudis hate it so much and trying it in Saudi Arabia might get you jailed and lashed 1000 times.
But the Liberals are punishing Canadians for their beliefs.
Over 1500 groups, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish youth groups have been blacklisted by the Liberals from the $230 million dollar summer jobs program. Why?
They expressed their beliefs, refusing to ‘attest’ on the jobs program application by checking a harmless-looking little box that says they agree with the officially-approved beliefs of the Liberal Party of Canada.
I recently learned that one church in Oakville refused as a matter of honour and principle was denied jobs that would have paid their youth several hundred thousand dollars to do community work. Their appeal to Liberal MP John Oliver achieved nothing.
To be clear, Justin Trudeau and John Oliver have marshalled the power of the Canadian state to blackmail people of faith to attest that they don’t hold beliefs that they actually hold.
John Oliver could have voted for freedom of expression by voting FOR this reasonable Conservative motion in parliament (which he didn’t):
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.
Only one MP in the Liberal caucus voted for freedom – MP Scott Simms. He too lost his job, as Chair of a Parliamentary Committee.
Our Charter was created to protect Canadians from governments trying to silence those who hold different views, exactly what the Liberals are doing.
This Liberal policy constitutes illegal discrimination. It goes directly against our Constitution and Charter of Rights and thankfully is facing court challenges.
It reflects an authoritarian bent in Justin Trudeau that is not sunny, but dark.