Values test is unacceptable

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Canadians expect their government to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms.

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That’s why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to require all groups seeking support from the Canada Summer Jobs program to sign an attestation, declaring support for the Liberal Party’s ideological views, simply isn’t right. As Conservatives, we will continue to clearly and forcefully express our opposition to this Liberal values test that is now being imposed on applicants to the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Canadians expect their government to respect the diversity of opinion and belief that exists in our country. The prime minister talks a lot about his respect for diversity, but his actions tell a different story.

Justin Trudeau decided to impose his values test without any consultation. He chose not to listen to the many community organizations that make good use of this program, and who will now be unable to provide their services, resulting in summer jobs for students being diminished.

Canadians should not be subject to a values test in order to be eligible for a government grant. That’s why the Conservative Party will continue to hold Justin Trudeau to account for this offensive decision.

You can always count on us to defend Canadians’ fundamental rights to freedom of speech and conscience, no matter who you are or where you are from.

By: Robert Kitchen, Souris-Moose Mountain MP Estevan

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