Canadian Christians fight back against Trudeau's pro-abortion pledge for summer job grants

Christians in Canada are fighting back against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's requirement for employers to hand in an attestation that expresses support for abortion and transgender rights in order for them to be given summer job grants.

(REUTERS / Fred Dufour / Pool)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. December 4, 2017.

The Canadian Council of Christian Charities' (CCCC) director of legal services, Barry W. Bussey, told Life Site News that they had received tons of calls and emails from members who had complained about the attestation. He said most of them have refused to sign the required paperwork.

"People are very concerned," Bussey explained to Life Site.

"We have 3,400 members across the country and we have a number of them who rely on the Canada Summer Jobs," he added. "In fact, most of them are saying, no, they're not signing."

Patty Hajdu, the Liberal employment minister, started implementing the attestation requirement for applicants this year, even for online applications. The Liberals explicitly said last year that they did not want the job grants to go to pro-life groups.

The Toronto Right to Life Association has filed a legal challenge against this new policy. According to the group, the attestation requirement ought to be scrapped as it stepped on the Charter rights of freedom of religion, expression and equality.

In the wake of the backlash against the pro-abortion attestation requirement, Trudeau has once again defended the move. On Jan. 9, he said groups that want to remove women's access to abortion are not in line with the Canadian society, Global News relayed.

Trudeau said Canada is all about defending rights and freedoms and highlighted the importance of knowing the "difference between freedom of expression and acting on those freedoms." He said women have spent generations fighting for the right to choose what to do with their own bodies, so it is not proper to restrict those rights.