Justin Trudeau loves to talk about diversity, but he is using the power of government to make sure groups with viewpoints different than his have to make attestations against that go against their own closely-held beliefs.
Justin Trudeau’s Canada Summer Jobs restrictions – which force faith organizations to officially attest to his own imposed viewpoints – is another sign that his “diversity is strength” rhetoric doesn’t apply to different ways of thinking.
The Canada Summer Jobs program has been working just fine, and nobody was complaining about the diverse ideologies and beliefs of the groups receiving funding.
Now, Trudeau has decided to use the power of government to impose his own views on faith organizations, or deny them funding.
Taking power away from MPs
The Canada Summer Jobs program funding is generally distributed by MPs, who know their communities and have contacts with organizations in their constituencies that are helping create opportunities.
Many of those MPs are pro-choice, and many of those MPs are pro-life. Canada’s Parliament has a large amount of ideological diversity, as you would expect in a free society.
Additionally, many ridings have constituents who voted for MPs with pro-life viewpoints, because they wanted those views expressed through their elected representatives.
That is also part of living in an ideologically diverse and free society.
So, those same MPs should be able to distribute money to organizations that are doing good things and that represent the views and values of their constituents – regardless of whether Justin Trudeau agrees or disagrees with their stated beliefs.
For Trudeau to take a non-partisan program that was working just fine and use it try and divide Canadians for his political gain is a disgrace, and it is an assault on Canada’s ideological diversity.
It’s also a further centralization of power, since Trudeau is restricting the freedom and independence MPs had to make those decisions.
All Canadians – of all viewpoints – should speak out against Trudeau’s actions, because he’s setting a precedent that could one day be used against the very groups Trudeau seems to favour.
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