Canada Sum­mer Jobs pro­gram re­quire­ment is un­just

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

I wish to ex­press my dis­agree­ment with this new and un­just re­quire­ment of the Canada Sum­mer Jobs Pro­gram, re: the state­ment that refers to “re­pro­duc­tive rights” on the Canada Sum­mer Job Pro­gram ap­pli­ca­tion.

I lis­tened to MP Sea­mus O’Re­gan’s re­cent ra­dio com­ments about July 1st be­ing N.L.’s Me­mo­rial Day as well as Canada Day. It oc­curred to me the irony of his words, as our “beloved dead sol­diers” fought for our free­dom: free­dom of re­li­gion, free­dom of free speech, free­dom of be­liefs.

The fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has crossed a line and dis­re­spected our “beloved dead sol­diers” by im­pos­ing their dis­crim­i­na­tory at­tempt to over­ride our Char­ter of Rights en­shrined in the Cana­dian Con­sti­tu­tion.

I have worked as a peo­ple man­ager for some 30 years, and this state­ment is wrong on so many HR lev­els that it puz­zles me as to who is in charge in Ot­tawa to al­low such a claim to ex­ist, let alone in­sist that it be an­swered “their” way or the ap­pli­ca­tion is de­clined.

It is our Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment’s job to pro­tect our rights, to work to­wards in­clu­sive­ness, and re­spect the dif­fer­ences of oth­ers.

One of a Chris­tian’s core be­liefs is that hu­man life, cre­ated by God, is sa­cred. For this rea­son most Chris­tian faiths op­pose the prac­tice of abortion.

Now, many churches, parishes and or­ga­ni­za­tions will not have the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a stu­dent for the sum­mer.

Stu­dents need jobs, and we need stu­dents.

Makes one won­der if it was the Lib­eral’s in­tent to move the money else­where all along.

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment speaks up for vet­eran rights, Pride rights, abo­rig­i­nal rights, eu­thana­sia, as­sisted sui­cide, abortion, etc. the list goes on.

The gov­ern­ment is free to live out their be­liefs, but to im­pose dis­crim­i­na­tion against Chris­tians and their be­liefs, that’s irony at its best.

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment cow­ered to the pop­u­lar vote rather than stand­ing for a “Strong and free” Canada.

I am dis­ap­pointed in my Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, and the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment.

N.L. is a very Chris­tian-based province, as most vot­ers and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment for N.L. would be well aware, as most have gone through the de­nom­i­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that once ex­isted here in N.L.

No gov­ern­ment, nor Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, should im­pose any dis­crim­i­na­tory at­tempt to make Canada less than “Strong and free.”

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment needs to re­move the state­ment that refers to re­pro­duc­tive rights on the Canada Sum­mer Job Pro­gram ap­pli­ca­tion.

To our beloved dead sol­diers: We will re­mem­ber!

Mar­i­lyn Dewl­ing Mount Pearl

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