Canada Summer Jobs Program
As everyone is aware, the Canadian federal government is holding Christians, and others opposed to abortion hostage, by requiring those seeking grants under the Canada Summer Jobs Program to check a box affirming their acceptance of a woman’s right to end her baby’s life in the womb.
(download Changes to Canada Summer Jobs Program here)
Without taking a position on the morality or propriety of abortion, I find this entire episode to be not only illegal, but immoral on the part of the Government of Canada.
They are requiring Canadians to ignore their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in order to receive government monies. Abortion, or reproductive rights are not recognized in the charter. The right to expression, and religion are recognized. This Government is insisting on forcing groups to uphold a non-existent right, while they take away existing rights.
I have written a letter to the Prime Minister stating my opposition to this requirement. Please take the time to read it. You may use it as a template for your own letter.
i have also attached the official petition circulated by the official opposition. Please print it, get it filled out, and return it to the address at the bottom of the petition. No postage is required to send mail to Ottawa. petition for csj
Sent via email to Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org and Jim.Eglinski@parl.gc.ca
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
This is an open letter and will be posted on Social Media.
I am writing you today to discuss the Canada Summer Jobs program, and your government’s requirement that prospective candidates check a box affirming they are pro choice.
Sir, there is no protection of abortion in the Human Rights Act. Your government is against Canadians on the grounds of religion, expression, possible national and ethnic origin, as many from other cultures, including MUSLIMS abhor and forbid abortion. Indeed, you are doing so to make a statement regarding an issue that isn’t even settled in law. When the Supreme Court of Canada heard R vs. Morgantaler in 1988 they instructed the government to do something about making the abortion issue part of the Human Rights Act. The government of the day, under Prime Minister Mulroney, and each successive government has failed to do so. While section 251 was struck down, no law was created making abortion legal, neither has anything ever been added to the Human Rights Act protecting reproductive rights. Of course you know all this, yet you choose to ignore it.
Your government cannot require any Canadian to give up their charter rights in order to receive government monies or subsidies, especially in deference to a right that does not currently exist under the charter. It has been the practice of the government to not prosecute those seeking abortions since the Morgantaler decision. Fine. The fact remains, there is no law pertaining to abortion, so there is nothing to prosecute. However, the fact that there is no law means that abortion is neither legal or illegal. The fact that there is absolutely no mention of reproductive rights in the charter means your government is ignoring the actual charter rights to force an ideology regarding phantom rights that do not in fact exist.
Now, forget the fact that your government will become the respondent in SEVERAL human rights violation suits, what on earth are you trying to do to the many organizations who, based on their Christian values, provide services to inner-city youth, by means of summer camps, and outreach services, or who provide services to homebound seniors, by way of lawn and property care, and other such services? While many of these services are provided by organizations who do not, on religious grounds, believe abortion is right, I have yet to hear of a single one of them turning down clients, or refusing to help people based on their pro-life beliefs.
Isn’t the whole point of the phrase PRO-CHOICE that if you don’t believe in abortion you shouldn’t be forced to have one, while if you believe in abortion, such services should not be denied you? Why is it then, that the Government of Canada is suddenly intent on removing the CHOICE from those who are pro-life?
Here is the exact wording of the charter. I will have a simple question after you read it.
3 (1) For all purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.
The purpose of this act is to protect all Canadians from discrimination by each other, and by the government. My question to you, Sir, is which of these grounds your government will actually protect us on?
Seba Beach, Alberta
Regardless of one’s position on reproductive rights, no government can be permitted to put the rights of one group over another. This government has an ideological agenda which they plan to force on everyone, human rights charter notwithstanding.