To the Editors,
According to Webster’s dictionary, “a bigot is one who is blindly attached to a particular creed and is intolerant of the beliefs and practices of others”. Canadians are for the most part, a very tolerant people, however, being tolerant doesn’t necessarily mean we are in agreement, but that we agree others have the right to a different view.
Prime Minister Trudeau has referred to those who disagree with him as bigoted (intolerant), homophobic, and Islamophobic. However, it seems it’s the PM who is intolerant of those who hold a different view and it has become more and more evident, especially so since last year.
In December of 2017, just before Christmas, Trudeau pulled the plug on certain employers and students applying for government grants for summer jobs. To receive a grant, they would be forced to sign an attestation stating they support women’s reproductive rights (abortion) and gender diversity. Without that attestation there would be no grant.
After much opposition, the Liberal government had to backtrack and claimed that it was not their intention to require an ideological attestation, they only wanted to ban funding for groups and individuals that advocate against “Charter rights and values”. The problem is, abortion has never been a Charter right. It has never been determined by the courts nor Parliament. There is nothing in the wording of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to indicate a constitutional right to abortion.