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Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms begins by stating "Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law". The Bank of Montreal has decided to turn its back on these principles with a campaign against Christians. BMO's opening salvo was to attack the Christian standards of Trinity Western University. BMO has now expanded their war by attacking Christian legal suppliers doing business with the bank.
On March 26th, 2014 the Bank of Montreal wrote a scathing letter to the Law Society of Upper Canada entitled "RE: Accreditation of Trinity Western University's ("TCU") proposed law school program". The missive states "The purpose of this letter is to request the Law Society deny the accreditation of any legal educational programs, recognized for the admission of the bar of Ontario, that are discriminatory." BMO was successful as the Law Society denied Trinity Western.
With success against Christians under their belt BMO is now advancing their war. On October 9th the Bank sent an email to its legal suppliers outlining their other war front stating “BMO requires the law firms with whom we do business to disclose the diversity statistics of their associates, partners and management committee as part of our External Counsel Selection Program.”
BMO goes on to say “The bank is starting with legal suppliers and going from there. If there standards are not compatible with the bank, they will be dropped. Beyond that, the bank is intent on it’s employees reflecting its “inclusiveness” as not just tolerating others but “reflecting” the values of the clients.”
In an interview with the Canadian Lawyer Magazine, BMO’s vice president Simon Fish threatens “that in the future, the metrics will influence who the legal group chooses to do business with. The bank hopes its diversity efforts will give law firms another reason to ensure their teams include people from different ethnic groups, members of the lesbian and gay community, those with different physical abilities, and a balance of men and women.”
The fact that BMO has never attacked anyone based on diversity of ethnic groups, physical abilities and balance of men and women suggests that these demographics are in place as a smokescreen to cover their only agenda, attacking Christians for not promoting gay and lesbian lifestyles.
BMO is not satisfied being the lone attacker so they have helped establish a group called Legal Leaders for Diversity. LLD has now signed up most major Canadian corporations, everything from Bell Canada to Xerox to Home Depot. One of their 3 initiatives is “Creating a More Inclusive Profession for LGBT Lawyers and Staff. LLD’s mission objective is to “Support vendors and suppliers whose ownership or employee base reflects a commitment to diversity and inclusion.” LLD’s only attack has been against Christians as they wrote a letter to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada attacking TWU’s Christian community standards and Simon Fish, VP of BMO was a signatory to the letter.
Why would a bank attack Christian positions on sexuality?
How far will they go?
Today Christian lawyers are under attack, what “verdors and suppliers” will be next?