Anderson Promotes Global Awareness on Religious Freedom

Ottawa, ON – March 22, 2012 – On April 2nd, David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, will host the Second Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom and Governance.

With approximately one third of the world’s population living in countries where either government restrictions or social hostilities inhibit the free practice of religious beliefs, this event seeks to raise awareness of the religious persecution so many face around the world.

“As the exercise of freedom, the right to change religion and the ability to practice faith freely becomes increasingly difficult, Canadians can provide leadership to protect this fundamental human right,” said Anderson.

Parliamentarians, faith and community leaders will participate. Presentations, panels and open discussions will deal with governance, the reality of religious restrictions, and ways in which Canadians can respond to this pressing global issue.

“As an MP, I have seen first-hand the positive effects of faith communities working together. Last year’s forum on religious persecution was well received and I expect we will have another lively discussion,” concluded Anderson.

The media and any concerned person are invited to attend this event. It will take place from 6pm to 9pm on April 2nd at the Government Conference Centre on 2 Rideau Street (55 Colonel By Dr) in Ottawa.