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Recent changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program have some organizations worried they won't receive funding, but one Liberal MP says that's probably not true.

Robert Falcon-Ouellette is the MP for Winnipeg Centre and a member of the Liberal party. He was part of the discussion to add an attestation to the Canada Summer Jobs program.

"The Canada Summer Job applicants will be required to attest that both the job and the employer's core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms," said Falcon-Ouellette, quoting the line directly from the Minister of Employment office. "That's it."

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms includes the right to not be discriminated against based on sex, religion, sexual orientation, and more. It also includes reproductive rights.

Along with the attestation, Falcon-Ouellette says they have doubled funding towards the program, giving more young Canadians the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. That is the reason for the Canada Summer Jobs program, Falcon-Ouellette says.

Last year, the Winnipeg Centre MP was able to fund a number of groups like West Broadway Youth Outreach, Living Bible Explorers Camp, St. Matthews Community Association, City Church, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and more with the program, and he doesn't believe these changes should affect that.

"For me, this change doesn't really impact a lot of organizations," Falcon-Ouellette said. The changes, he says, ensure that people will respect others charter rights. 

"A lot of these organizations that I fund I try and get them to do really important work in Winnipeg Centre," he continued. "I want to see an improvement in the lives of people."

Falcon-Ouellette believes that, if you're focused on helping the community, then the changes shouldn't be an issue. He says that respecting the charter rights also respects the diversity that already exists in Canada.

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