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Corbella: Churches stymied by PM’s stance on abortion

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18.01.2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have his chance to prove he treats Canadian churches and social agencies with the same respect he showed convicted terrorist Omar Khadr when those faith groups’ applications for Canada Summer Jobs grants are soon processed.

The government has effectively prevented faith-based social agencies and churches from applying online for some of the 70,000 subsidized wage grants for summer students as a result of an “attestation” on the online application that requires applicants to agree with the federal Liberal party’s policy on abortion.

The government attestation states, in part: “Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights.”

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