Trudeau's Politicization of the Canada Summer Jobs fund

By: Candice Malcolm

May 11, 2018

It’s been an interesting week, as U.S. President Donald Trump courageously pulled the plug on the sham Iran Deal, and three Trudeau cabinet ministers tried desperately to do damage control over the surge in illegal border crossings – only to make things worse. 

The biggest story of the week, however, was the revelation that the Canada Summer Jobs grant is being handed out to Islamic organizations with a history of extremism, anti-gay slurs, and even ties to terrorism.

The Canada Summer Jobs grant became controversial over Trudeau’s insistence that organizations sign a progressive “attestation” in order to be eligible for federal funding.

Groups must pledge to uphold Trudeau’s leftist values, regardless of their own conscience, and sign the following attestation:

I have read and understood the Canada Summer Jobs Articles of Agreement and referred to the Applicant Guide as needed;

The job would not be created without the financial assistance provided under a potential contribution agreement;

Both the job* and my 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 or sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression;

I have all the necessary authorities, permissions and approvals to submit this application on behalf of myself and the organization. (Emphasis added).

Because of this controversial ‘values test,’ a reported 1,500 organizations – mostly Christian and Catholic groups – have been denied funding by the federal government.

This includes organizations who do not engage in political or religious activism, like summer camps, soup kitchen and homeless shelters.

But, as I reported exclusively in the Sun papers, at least eight controversial Islamist groups have been approved for funding. These organizations do not appear to operate within the confines of Trudeau’s ‘values test.’ Some have Imam’s who have made horrible anti-gay slurs, one was de-funded in 2009 over extremism, and another was found to have financial ties with a Hamas front group. 

I asked each of these Islamic groups about their position regarding abortion and gay rights, and whether they signed the attestation. None responded. But according to Islamic scholars and Imams I've spoken to, abortion is prohibited in Islam.

So, did these groups lie in order to get funding, or did the Trudeau government give them a pass?

Canada’s former Ambassador for religious freedoms said the Trudeau government is displaying “totalitarian tendencies” by tying federal funding to deeply personal moral and religious beliefs. In fact, the attestation contradicts itself by appealing to both the Charter (which guarantees freedom of conscience and religion) and insisting on abortion rights (which are not included in the Charter).

Trudeau’s politicization of this program has blown up in his face. Serves him right for playing divisive politics with federal funding.