Local MPs granted veto power over which groups get Canada Summer Jobs Grants

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After years of legal battles and constitutional challenges, the Liberals are still using the Canada Summer Jobs program to reward their friends and punish their enemies: those in civil society who refuse to bend the knee and worship at the Altar of Liberalism.

Local MPs are in charge of approving the new increased 100% wage subsidy for summer jobs in their ridings, a practice that previously resulted in a discrimination lawsuit in 2017 after three Ontario Liberal MPs shut Christian groups out of the funding.

Blacklock’s Reporter has the story behind their paywall:

MPs will choose which local employers win 100 percent wage rebates for hiring students under the Canada Summer Jobs program, cabinet said yesterday. The Ethics Commissioner has already cautioned against sweetheart subsidies for friends and family.

The $263 million-a-year program had paid fifty percent subsidies to approved employers who hired full-time students for at least sixteen weeks. Changes would see subsidies increased to a hundred percent, include part-time hires, and extend payments to February 28, 2021.

All applications to the Department of Employment are submitted to individual MPs by riding, allowing them to veto any particular candidate.

A total 2,031 applicants were rejected in the past two years.

The Summer Jobs program, which provides funding to cover the salaries of summer students was nearly immediately turned into some sort of ideological carrot on a stick by the Liberals after they took power. The Liberals required an attestation of values — which were basically the values of the Liberal Party of Canada — before organizations wanting to employ summer students could qualify for the grants.

The attestation insisted:

Both the job and organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, and 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 or sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Christians were being actively discriminated against by the government and denied funding unless they violated their conscience rights protected in the Canadian Charter, while anti-oil organizations like Lead Now qualified for the funding.

The attestation triggered years of legal wrangling for conscience rights, most of which were spearheaded by the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms.

Even in the midst of this pandemic, the Liberals are still flaunting how little they care about parliamentary ethics rules and finding creative ways to discriminate against Christian charities.

I guess some things never change.

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