The Liberals' values test is back.
Trudeau is blackmailing struggling small businesses into signing an attestation before they can qualify for emergency financial aid.
It’s all part of the newly launched Canada Emergency Business Account, a government COVID-19 relief program administered by banks in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC) that allows businesses to qualify for an interest-free loan of up to $40,000, of which $10,000 may be eligible for loan forgiveness.
But there is a hitch, as there always is with Liberal programs. The new CEBA program is tailored to make sure that only Liberal compliant businesses survive.
To qualify for the government backed bank loan, the struggling applicant businesses must profess:
“...does not promote violence, incite hatred or discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, region, education, age or mental or physical disability”.
The problem is the Liberals' definitions of those things — discrimination, hate and violence — are ever-evolving, to mean values that don’t comport with stuff Justin Trudeau likes.
Christian bookstore? You mean you hate gay and transgender people.
Sporting goods supplier? You mean you promote violence because you oppose the new Liberal gun ban.
Boys' summer camp? You’re discriminating against girls.
See where this is going?
This is a slippery and dangerous slope. A government loan program should be open to everyone meeting the financial criteria, not just those who agree with the government. Do we want a values test for healthcare? Or welfare?
Discrimination is awful, that’s why no one should be forced to tell the government what's in their heart before they can access government services. That’s when discrimination really happens.