On what grounds should such perfectly legal groups not be able to employ summer students to help them in their perfectly legal advocacy?
The debate about the now-infamous “attestation” that Canada Summer Jobs requires from applicants to its employ-a-student-for-the-summer program has been cast much too narrowly. It now seems to come down to the right of religious belief against the right to “reproductive liberty,” which, unlike the first right, is not actually mentioned in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Since the Charter’s birth, we’ve all come to understand that rights often have to be weighed. Does one person’s right to A outweigh another person’s right to B, when the two seem mutually exclusive? Or can some way be found to avoid the offence to one right while still pursuing the other? It’s all so (ho-hum) relative. Besides, religious rights, unlike other rights, tend to be practiced by people of faith, an outlook on life that we of secular bent find peculiar.