A Conservative government would create a new, special “Office of Religious Freedom,” the party announced in its electoral platform on Friday.
The office would be housed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and its role would be:
- To monitor religious freedom around the world;
- To promote religious freedom as a key objective of Canadian foreign policy;
- And to advance policies and programs that support religious freedom.
Under the heading, “Defending Religious Freedom,” the Conservatives said they recognize that “respect for religious pluralism is inextricably linked to democratic development.” And that the federal government could and should do more to respond to the plight of those “who suffer merely because of their faith.”
[...]The Conservative platform also includes a pledge to create a national Holocaust memorial in the Ottawa area and to support the establishment of a memorial to the victims of communism.
This is not a surprise, as the Canadian conservatives are famous for taking bold stands to defend the rights of persecuted Christians in places like Egypt.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a round table discussion on security with Coptic Christian leaders.
A deadly suicide bombing in Egypt on New Year’s Day claimed the lives of some 21 worshippers.
And nearly 100 people were wounded in the attack as they left a midnight mass at an Alexandria church.
Harper condemned the attacks, saying the international community must stay vigilant against such violence against Coptic Christians.
Harper met with several priests at the Church Of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius in Mississauga Thursday.
He says he wants Coptic Christians in Canada to know the country stands behind their right to safely practice their faith.
So, not only is Harper introducing policies that will strengthen families and marriages so that there will be fewer abortions and healthier children, but he is also dedicated to defending the religious liberty of minorities abroad.