LETTERS: Clarifying the context

Editor: Re: New MP has a choice to make, Jan. 26 letters.


Re: New MP has a choice to make, Jan. 26 letters.

I’d like to thank Bart Jessup for his letter to the editor of Jan. 26 regarding the Canada Summer Jobs Program and its requirement for compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Let me say at the outset that I am sorry the context around the Canada Summer Jobs requirement was unclear. I have clarified with the minister that in no way do an organization’s values or belief system factor into the program.

In recent years, there have been a number of complaints that some organizations were actually working actively to undermine Canadians’ rights as outlined in the Constitution. The program’s requirement is intended to clarify that activities that do not respect Canadians’ rights will not be supported.

The Canada Summer Jobs program is focused on opportunities for youth employment while ensuring that the rights of Canadians are supported, and it deserves our support.

Gordie Hogg, MP Surrey-White Rock

Just Posted

Whalley cadets fundraising in Surrey this weekend

Dollars raised are more important than ever, with 767 Dearman Squadron on the hunt for a new home

Abbotsford ‘not in a foreign country,’ judge chastises lawyer

Judge addresses complaint about inconvenience of driving from Vancouver

Surrey awards contract for Hawthorne Park improvements

Roughly $1 million contract is first of three phases of upgrades to the Surrey park

Surrey council votes to cap public hearing speakers to five minutes

Surrey man says the move is ‘destroying open consultations and transparency’

Surrey branch of youth mentoring program to share in $5 million

Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag announces $5 million in federal funding for youth program

VIDEO: Major construction projects in White Rock

Parkade development now underway on waterfront

Toddler breaks leg after boot sucked into escalator at Vancouver airport

A Calgary woman is reminding parents of the dangers of escalators after her toddler’s foot was stuck in one and he broke his leg

Gone Country: Gord Bamford, Washboard Union play Surrey benefit concert this summer

Annual party in Cloverdale raises funds for cancer-related causes

Sechelt man pleads guilty to second degree murder of mother

Denise ‘Esme’ Lachance was found dead on Oct. 1, 2014 in Sechelt

Moose creates uber Canadian Olympic moment

A Calgary man shares a truly Canadian moment on Twitter of a Moose enjoying the Olympics

Lower Mainland clinic forced to close after reaching daily patient limit

Maple Ridge one of many cities ailing from shortage of physicians

B.C. drunk driver unknowingly drags snowmobiles along highway

North District RCMP stopped a driver Sunday near Prince George whose two sleds had fallen off a flat deck trailer and were being dragged along behind his truck.

Canada reacts to Cassie Sharpe’s Olympic gold

From Prime Minister Trudeau to Ryan Reynolds, congratulations abound

BCHL Today: Shorthanded scoring binge for Victoria Grizzlies and Krall named POW

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at whats going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read

l -->