Anderson Hosts 3rd Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom


Date: September 24, 2012
Hosted by: David Anderson, MP Cypress Hills-Grasslands


Government Conference Centre, Main Hall
2 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON


7:00pm – 7:15pm

  • Welcome
    David Anderson, MP and Dr. Andy Bannister

7:15pm – 8:00pm

  • Religious Freedom: Shari’a Law and its Implications
    Dr. Tanya Walker

8:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Open Discussion
    Facilitators: Dr. Andy Bannister and Dr. Tanya Walker


Dr. Tanya Walker is a guest lecturer for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics based at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Following her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford University, Tanya worked in the charity sector in a variety of public policy and media communications roles. More recently, she gained an MA in Islamic studies. Her PhD research at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London has focused on the political implications of Islamic law in the West; questions of power and authority, the limits of multiculturalism, and the notion of group rights, through an extensive ethnographic study of the Shari’a councils in Britain. Dr. Walker is also a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Europe.

Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Before coming to Canada, Andy was based in Europe, where he completed his PhD in Islamic Studies at London School of Theology (Brunel University) in 2011. Andy is a visiting lecturer for Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and has spoken in a wide range of settings — from churches to universities, business forums to TV, radio and online debates. Andy regularly addresses audiences of all faiths on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society. When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and lives in Toronto.