Tell Trudeau to Stop Punishing his MPs who Oppose the Coercive "Values Test"
The Liberal Government imposed an ideological values test on Canadians seeking federal grants to hire summer students.
Hundreds of community organizations that engage in non-political non-activist work (such as feeding the homeless, helping refugees, and giving kids an opportunity to go to camp) have been discriminated against and prevented from accessing this federal funding program.
Many organizations have chosen not to apply rather than check a box agreeing with the Liberal Party on a set of controversial issues.
The imposition of an ideological values test by the Trudeau government on Canada Summer Jobs applicants has even shocked members of the prime minister’s own party.
When Liberal MP Scott Simms stood up for his constituents and voted against the attestation, he was punished.
Atlantic Canadian MP Mr. Simms was just removed from his position as chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, also forfeiting the $11,900 salary increase that comes with the role.
Mr. Simms has said about the attestation, "To me, that's a lack of respect. If I was to say to someone, 'Look, don't worry about it, just tick the box or whatever' — some people have a core fundamental belief that they don't believe in this. It ... is not right.”
He confirmed to the media that he was removed from the committee because of his vote.
We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reinstate Mr. Scott Simms to his former position. MP Simms should not be punished for standing up for what he thinks is right, defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, and ensuring a federal program does not become an ideological weapon of any current government.
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Petition to: Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau