by Mark Woods, Christian Today
Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom, established three years ago by the country’s Conservative government, has been closed by its recently-elected Liberals.
The final decision was taken in a March 22nd parliamentary vote and the office was closed on March 31st.
The closure sparked criticism from supporters who claimed it marked a diminution of Canada’s commitment to religious freedom and was driven by a secularist agenda.
According to the administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada would fold religious rights into a broader concern for human rights. Foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion said his party would continue to defend all human rights, including the freedom of religion and belief, “tooth and nail”.
“Canada will support every effort to speak out when human rights are in question or where people are being persecuted for who they are or for their beliefs, including when human rights defenders are arrested and threatened for daring to speak out against human rights,” he said.
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