I was absolutely amazed to see the response to our recent petition in support of MP Scott Simms. We launched it on Saturday, and come Monday we had over 8,000 signatures! That tells me this is one issue that really resonates with Canadians. We just don’t like to see people getting shafted for standing up for the rights of others. It is simply unfair and un-Canadian!
As you may know, Mr. Simms was the lone liberal MP who stood up in support of the conservative motion against the discriminatory Summer Jobs grant attestation. As a direct result of his vote, the liberal government cut his position as chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Along with that position, Mr. Simms also lost an $11,900 salary.
It is a real injustice, and I am encouraged to see so many Canadians responding by signing our petition.
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.
Justin Trudeau Punishes Dissent
I am also encouraged to see that another petition has been launched to address the same issue. On Monday, conservative MP Garnett Genuis, launched his own CitizenGO petition to call on the prime minister to reinstate Mr. Simms. Mr. Genuis wants to address this issue in parliament himself, and he is asking us to add our support to his petition as well.
Therefore, I am sharing with you the e-mail Mr. Genuis sent out to his constituents on Monday. (See below.) I hope that you will take the time to read it, sign his petition, and share it far and wide. This is an excellent opportunity to amplify our voice in support of Canadian values and one courageous Canadian politician – MP Scott Simms.
Thank you and God Bless.
David Cooke and the entire CitizenGO Team
From: MP Garnett Genuis
Subject: Tell Trudeau to stop punishing his MPs who oppose the coercive ‘Values Test’
I have an important update about the Canada Summer Jobs issue for you.
Last month, you’ll remember that my colleagues and I had a vote in the House of Commons about the Canada Summer Jobs ‘values test’ attestation.
After hearing from Canadians all across the country, Conservatives presented a motion “that 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, should be able to access Canada Summer Jobs funding regardless of their private convictions and regardless of whether or not they choose to sign the application attestation.”
It turns out 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. That’s why Liberal MP Scott Simms voted in favour of our motion to scrap the coercive attestation requirement.
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, forfeiting the $11,900 salary increase that comes with the role.
That’s not right.
He should not be punished for defending the fundamental freedoms of Canadians and ensuring a federal program does not become an ideological weapon of any current government.
I need your help to put some pressure on Justin Trudeau about this. Please click here to sign the petition.
Then, please take a moment to share the petition with your family, friends, and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter, and by email.
Thanks for your help,
Garnett Genuis Member of Parliament
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