Day: February 2, 2018

The state of virtue and vice

His father made a great show of evicting the state from the bedrooms of the nation, but current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apparently has compunctions about using government to compel public morality. Exhibit A was last year’s new rule for obtaining funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. If you wanted to hire a college student to mind children at a summer camp, you had to sign a declaration of acquiescence to the government’s moral convictions on reproductive and gender rights. John Robson argued that if the State is going to legislate morality, it should only do so on the basis of something more substantial than the secular commandments of progressivism.

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