Letter: Federal funding shouldn’t control social agenda

An open letter to the Liberals

I am writing to you as I am quite disturbed by the recent abortion clause that Trudeau has added to the student employment federal funding. I am a woman and an atheist so do not necessarily hold the beliefs of Christians regarding the abortion debate.

That being said, I find for the federal government to threaten to withhold funding to any organization that does not agree with the current government’s position regarding abortion to be not only draconian but a blatant violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Canada.

The last time I checked, the government was not allowed to discriminate based on religious belief.

I may not agree with a Christian’s belief regarding abortion but I stand by their right to hold those beliefs. For the liberal government to display such discrimination is a gross violation of those rights. This government has no business and no right telling people what they are allowed to believe and certainly no right to use federal funding as a way to push their own social agenda. Put a stop to this behavior immediately.

–Barbara Nash, Agassiz, BC

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