CONSCIENCE: Liberal MP Opposes Trudeau’s Canada Summer Jobs Restrictions

MP Scott Simms says the government is wrong to make faith groups go against their most deeply held beliefs.

Scott Simms – the MP for Newfoundland Coast of Bays – Central – Notre Dame – is following his conscience rather than follow the Trudeau Liberal Party line, and is doing the right thing by standing up for his constituents.

As noted in a recent report, “The Liberal MP said its unfair that churches and Christian groups are being asked to violate their fundamental beliefs in order to receive funding for jobs and programs that are non-political, or unrelated to reproductive rights. He’s planning to write Patty Hajdu, the federal employment minister, to petition for a change.”

The report points out that the Trudeau government wants all groups to sign something saying, “both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada … these include reproductive rights.”

This would require many faith organizations to sign something that goes against their deeply held beliefs in order to get federal funding for the Summer Jobs program, even though the jobs they are funding don’t have anything to do with abortion.

In a radio interview, Simms gave a specific example, saying “Just last week, I spoke with one of the churches about housing, affordable housing. The Salvation Army is constantly doing things for anti-poverty. So I have a close connection with these groups, and I represent them, even if we have a difference in belief.” 

Simms is asking for the government to make things more specific, and make it clear that funding would only be limited in the case of jobs that are specifically about campaigning for “changes to Canadian law.”

Simms says he will ask the Minister in charge of the program – Patty Hajdu – to make those changes, and says “this application, as it stands right now, is not right.”

MP Simms deserves credit for standing up for the rights of his constituents, as it shows a lot of political courage to go against the rigid party system that exists in Canadian politics today.

With his call for changes, Simms represents many millions of Canadians who are deeply concerned by the fact that Justin Trudeau is attempting to impose his personal beliefs on Canadians.

The question now is whether Trudeau will listen to the rising chorus of opposition to his disgraceful Canada Summer Jobs policy, or whether he will ignore everybody and just forge ahead with his far-left extremist attitude.

Spencer Fernando

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