July 12, 2019
Political turnabout – Does Trudeau allow Liberal candidates freedom of conscience on abortion, LGBTQ2?
In 2014, prior to the election, Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau, declared “…opponents of abortion need not apply to run for the Liberal Party in the next election because he wants to form a government that is ‘resolutely pro-choice’… I have made it clear that future candidates need to be completely understanding that they will be expected to vote pro-choice on any bills…We check on a number of issues: How do you feel about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, how do you feel about same-sex marriage, how do you feel about pro-choice, where are you on that?”
These Liberal values are so important that last year, the Liberal Government, under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) programme offered financial aid ONLY to organizations that respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability or sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
I am sharing this with you because Prime Minster Trudeau has endorsed the nomination of Imam Hassan Guillet, a prominent Muslim scholar and spokesperson for the Quebec Council of Imams, for the Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel riding.