Canada’s Summer Jobs Program Causes An Uproar

Someone has well said of politicians, “If America’s Founding Fathers thought that taxation without representation was bad, they should see how bad it is with representation!”  And there is no better illustration of that than our nation’s current leader and his party.

The federal government provides a seasonal employment opportunity for young people called the Canada Summer Jobs Program. For faith-based groups it works as follows:  The young person must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a social insurance number, between the ages of 15 – 30 and  registered to attend school full-time in the fall.  The job  itself must be for at least 30 hours a week, last from 6 – 17 weeks, start no earlier than April 23, 2018 and go no longer than September 1, 2018.  The deadline for filing is February 2, 2018 and if granted, the government will pay up to 100% of the salary.  Also, approval is based on a points system calculated on such things as: level of community service, amount of training being received, salary contribution of the employer, etc.  The program itself has been a public relations bonanza for  Members of Parliament for all parties, as each MP gets to award the grants in their local riding.  And this year an additional $113 million dollars has been added to the pot which just about doubles the number of placements across Canada to 70,000 youth.  So what’s the controversy?  One word, abortion.  The  Canadian government has now issued a rule stipulating that if faith-based charitable groups in Canada want to receive government grants for student summer jobs, then they must  include in their application that they support the Liberal party position on abortion (which is the right of a woman to end a pregnancy for any reason up to and including the ninth month).  And if the “I agree with” box for abortion (and the 100,000 babies annually killed) is not filled in with a check-mark on the online application form, the government computer will immediately go into rejection mode (abort! abort! abort!) and you will not be able to proceed any further with the application (and forget about trying to get around the requirement with a mail-in application, Ottawa has said they will not even open such envelopes).  When asked about whether the government is considering other programs  to contain the same abortion litmus test, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu declined to comment.  Faith-based, pro-life national organizations like the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada have protested vociferously, but the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has been just as adamant that there will be no backing down.

The bottom line?  What we have here is the Liberal Prime Minister demanding a pinch of incense from faith-based employers and churches.  And if they give just that pinch of incense to Caesar’s statute in Ottawa, and thus compromising their deepest-held beliefs, then they can enjoy the good pleasure of Emperor Trudeau.

✓Note – When it comes to abortion, how different things are south of the border.  There, Donald Trump has been the most pro-life President in U.S. history when  it comes to protecting the life of the unborn.