MP David Anderson to host 5th Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom


Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, will be hosting the 5th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of May 2, 2016.

Unlike previous forums, this year’s session will deal exclusively with the importance of protecting religious freedom in increasingly-secular societies. Past forums have drawn on the knowledge and insight of experts in the field of freedom of religion, and this year is no different. Entitled, “Religious Freedom or Secularism? A World Safe for Diversity: Living with our Deepest Differences,” the evening will feature a keynote address by Dr. Os Guinness, social critic and renowned author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, Renaissance, and Fool’s Talk: The Recovery of Christian Persuasion. The panel discussion will also feature contributions by Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, Associate Professor of Political Studies and History at Trinity Western University; and Dr. Mario Silva, former parliamentarian and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Mr. Abdu Murray, North American Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, will deliver closing remarks.

Open to parliamentarians, faith leaders, non-governmental organizations, and the general public, the Forum will serve as a unique opportunity to discuss the ever-important issue of religious freedom – both in Canada and internationally – in an open and thoughtful environment.

All seats have been filled for the Forum and registration is closed. However, a video recording of the Forum may be found at David Anderson, MP’s website,, after the event. To add your name to the invitation mailing list for the next Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom, please notify

The 5th Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom will be held at Room 200, Sir John A. Macdonald Building (144 Wellington St.) at 6:30pm on May 2nd, 2016. Parking is available at the World Exchange Plaza (45 O’Connor St.) for a fee.

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