National Newswatch

Governments and politicians cannot be morally neutral

Jan 13 2020 — Brian Bird — During Andrew Scheer’s leadership of the Conservative Party, and especially during the last election campaign, concerns about his moral convictions on abortion and same-sex marriage – and his attempt to walk a political tightrope in response – hindered his political momentum. Much ink has been spilled on the extent to which his moral convictions impeded […]

Canada Summer Jobs and the Charter problem

Jan 16 2018 — Brian Bird — It is troubling when the state coerces citizens to think as it does on controversial moral issues. This tactic is expected in undemocratic states. It is concerning to witness it in a liberal democracy like Canada. The Trudeau government is using this tactic in a peculiar context: the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program helps […]