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OPINION: In defence of Canada Day, Sir John A. Macdonald… and Pierre Trudeau

An opinion piece by Senator Don Plett, published in The Carillon on June 30, 2021. History, it is said, is written by the victors. The push to recognize Canada’s history – pure and unvarnished – has been building for years. In 2008, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered an apology on behalf of the Government of Canada for the Residential School Policy, whose consequences he recognized as "profoundly negative", and established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The TRC went on to doc…
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OPINION: Trudeau Government's Summer Jobs Grant Application Requirement is Discrimination

Published in "The Carillon", March 10, 2018. In January of this year, I wrote a letter to Minister Patty Hajdu regarding the Government’s discriminatory Summer Jobs Grant program requirement. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Minister has not yet responded. The mandatory attestation is discrimination in every sense of the word. For a church, religious organization, or any organization, for that matter, to have to explicitly assert in the application that they support, among other things, “women’s…
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