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Members of Parliament voted today on a motion in the House of Commons a day after Christians across Canada fasted and prayed.

The Conservative Party put forward an opposition motion that sought to overturn the attestation organizations applying for funding through the Canada Summer Jobs Program must agree to. Many organizations of varying faiths, not just Christian, protested the attestation because they felt it forced them to agree to uphold certain rights that they could not morally agree with, namely abortion.

The motion the Conservatives put forward was:

That, in the opinion of the House, organizations that engage in non-political non-activist work, such as feeding the homeless, helping refugees, and giving kids an opportunity to go to camp, should be able to access Canada Summer Jobs funding regardless of their private convictions and regardless of whether or not they choose to sign the application attestation. 

The House voted on the motion just before 6:00 p.m. CDT, and the motion was soundly defeated, with 93 votes in favour, and 207 against the motion.

That means that organizations seeking grant money from the CSJP will still have to agree to the attestation.

Read more:

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