Climate change values test REQUIRED for business bail-outs

Climate change values test REQUIRED for business bail-outs
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Trudeau is requiring businesses pass a climate change values test before they qualify for the federal big business bailout.

In the daily Trudeau morning show, held outside Rideau Cottage, the Prime Minister responded to a Bloomberg question about CO2 emitters qualifying for a big business bailout: 

“We are expecting them to put forward a frame within which they will demonstrate their commitment to reducing emissions and fighting climate change.”

This is the second values attestation the Liberals have shoehorned into emergency business funding amid the  coronavirus lockdown.

The Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA), administered through qualified banks and backstopped by Export Development Canada (EDC) makes applicants agree that their eligible small business:

“...does not promote violence, incite hatred or discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, colour, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, or mental or physical disability, contrary to applicable laws.”

CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000.

Liberals have history of value tests for funding

The Federal government previously changed the Canada summer jobs program application to include an attestation to support abortion and gender theory:

“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, and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.”

The changes to the summer jobs grant process have resulted in several lawsuits brought by religious groups and small businesses that are still winding their way through the courts.

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  • By Sheila Gunn Reid


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