Ottawa, ON – John Barlow, Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Ted Falk, Deputy Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour, and Garnett Genuis, Deputy Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued a statement following the Trudeau government’s decision to suspend their attestation requirement for the Canada Summer Jobs Program:

“Yesterday, after backlash from Canadians across the country, and pressure from the Conservative Opposition, the Trudeau government announced that they would be suspending their attestation requirement for the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

“As a result of the Liberals values test, more than 1,500 Canada Summer Jobs applications were rejected in 2018, up from 126 rejections in 2017. Hundreds of other organizations withdrew their applications or did not apply at all due to their inability to sign the attestation.

“Justin Trudeau’s values test has no place in a tolerant, multicultural society such as Canada. Organizations should not have to agree with the ideological positions of the Liberal Party to get government funding.

“The withdrawal of the Liberals’ attestation is an admission they were wrong, and a desperate attempt at damage control for the Prime Minister heading into an election year. Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted to back away from basing funding decisions on whether or not you hold a certain belief.

“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will remain vigilant and consult with the charitable sector to ascertain the impacts of these changes while continuing to hold the Prime Minister to account when it comes to the Liberal values test. Justin Trudeau must immediately apologize for targeting the personal beliefs of individuals who run organizations that provide much needed services to Canadians and commit to fully and permanently revoking this values test.”


For more information, please contact:

Office of John Barlow, MP
[email protected]
(613) 995-8471

Office of Ted Falk, MP
[email protected]
(613) 992-3128

Office of Garnett Genuis, MP
[email protected]
(613) 995-3611