Conscientious Objection Upheld

January 1 st 1986

In 1982 the Ontario Federation of Labour passed a resolution supporting the right of Palestinians to a secure and independent homeland. Chaim Forer, a Jew and a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (which belongs to the OFL), objected and asked to have his dues sent to a charitable organization. Although an Ontario Divisional Court denied his request, an Ontario Court of Appeal agreed to it in late November 1985. In his decision, Mr. Justice D.G. Blair wrote:

It seems to me that in the multicultural country which Canada has become, there will have to be even greater toleration of a wide variety of religious beliefs and practices than existed before [the Charter of Rights and Freedoms]" (Canadian Jewish News, November 28, 1985).

Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.