Simms takes a stand
MP objects to wording of attestation required for organizations to receive federal funding
For one local politician, the furor over reproductive rights versus religious belief earlier this year could have been avoided.
Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame MP Scott Simms made national headlines in February when he opposed his own party and spoke against a new federal policy requiring organizations applying for federal funding for summer students to tick a box that says the “core mandate” of the job and the organization respects, among other things, women’s reproductive rights.
“I agree with the intent – that’s great – but the execution totally flopped,” Simms told the Advertiser.
“If I was applying for the job, I have no problem ticking the box. People know what my views are on reproductive rights; I believe it’s fully a choice between any woman and her doctor. However, in this case, I thought it was overly prescriptive in its execution.”