OTTAWA — A legal challenge of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) pro-abortion attestation by an Ontario concrete company is only the beginning, says Ottawa-based litigation lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos. More challenges are coming soon, he said.
The latest challenge, by Sarnia Concrete, sidesteps religious freedom arguments or anti-abortion advocacy and zeroes in on the “compelled speech” nature of the attestation as a violation of the charter, Polizogopoulos said.
More than 1,500 CSJ applicants, among them many Catholic charities and Catholic parishes, were denied federal summer jobs grants this year because they refused to tick off the attestation box. Many other charities, municipalities and other