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Albrecht & Anderson host screening of new documentary film, Strings Attached

April 19, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills–Grasslands, and Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga, are pleased to have hosted a screening of Obianuju Ekeocha’s new documentary film, Strings Attached, yesterday on Parliament Hill. “This was an important opportunity to shed light on this government’s ideological, intrusive and […]


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Media Advisory: Harold Albrecht, MP & David Anderson, MP to host screening of “Strings Attached” by Obianuju Ekeocha

April 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2018 TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EVENT: “Strings Attached”: A Film Screening with Obianuju Ekeocha SPECIAL GUEST: Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of Culture of Life Africa VENUE: Room 200, Sir John A. Macdonald Building, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa BACKGROUND: Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Conestoga and David Anderson, […]


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Official Opposition responds to Bob Rae’s Rohingya report

April 12, 2018

Ottawa, ON – Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, David Anderson, and the Conservative National Caucus Chair, David Sweet, today released the following statement in response to Bob Rae’s Rohingya Report: “Conservatives acknowledge the work of the Honourable Bob Rae, which has confirmed what we have been hearing all along. “Today, […]


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Budget 2018: Big Budget – Few Results

February 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills – Grasslands, today addressed the federal Liberals’ 2018 budget. “This budget provides virtually nothing for the people of south west Saskatchewan. As our leader Andrew Scheer said, ‘never has a politician boasted so much, spent so much and achieved so little.’” […]


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Trudeau’s Liberal Values Threaten Canada Summer Jobs Applications with Anti- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Attestation

February 12, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – Canada Summer Jobs applicants in Cypress Hills-Grasslands have begun receiving notices from the Trudeau Liberal Government that they are being rejected for the Canada Summer Jobs Program. They are now receiving letters informing them that because they do not agree to the Liberals’ required values statement, they cannot access […]


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Conservative MPs release dissenting opinion to M-103 report

February 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom; Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston; and David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Flamborough—Glanbrook, today tabled the dissenting opinion to the report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on […]


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Anderson remembers Quebec City mosque murders one year later

January 29, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of the murder of worshipers at the Sainte Foy Islamic Cultural Centre: “One year ago, six worshipers were murdered in cold blood for […]


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Anderson appeals for immediate release of Hamed bin Haydara from Yemeni prison

January 17, 2018

Anderson implores the Canadian Government to stop public execution FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, calls for the immediate release of Mr. Hamed bin Haydara, a Yemeni Bahá’í imprisoned for over 4 years, and recently sentenced to […]


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Concerned Canadians successfully force Liberals to back down on Bill C-51

November 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today congratulated concerned Canadians for their efforts in pressuring the Liberal government to maintain Section 176 of the Criminal Code. “It appears that the Liberals have backed away from a troubling […]


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Members of Parliament Express Concern for Loss of Canadian Freedoms

November 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2017 Ottawa, ON — Parliamentarians, past and present, gathered for a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday to demonstrate their concern for loss of basic freedoms in Canada, the subject of a Parliamentary Forum, “Canadian Freedoms: Growing Threats?”, held on October 30th on Parliament Hill. Those present at the press conference […]


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Anderson Invites Parliamentarians and Faith Communities to Mark International Religious Freedom Day

October 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, is inviting parliamentarians and all Canadians to recognize International Religious Freedom Day on October 27th. “Three quarters of the world’s population live without the absolute freedom to believe,” said Anderson. “In Canada […]


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Minister of Justice Gutting Protection for Faith Communities with Bill C-51

October 24, 2017

Anderson calls on faith leaders to defend their rights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 October 2017 Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today expressed concern in Question Period with comments made by the Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould regarding bill C-51 and […]


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Recruitment now open for 2018-2019 House of Commons Page Program

October 18, 2017

Each year, 40 students graduating from high schools and CEGEPs are selected from across Canada to participate in the Page Program. Pages are undergraduate students who are registered as full-time students at one of the four universities in the National Capital Region. They work on a part-time basis during their first year of study. In […]


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Anderson, IPPFoRB steering group condemn atrocities in Myanmar

October 5, 2017

On September 28, 2017, the New York Times published an op-ed by the steering group of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB): To the Editor: As members of parliaments and members of the Steering Group of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, we condemn […]


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MPs David Anderson and David Sweet press for renewed commitment to Ottawa Treaty on banning landmines

October 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – On the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty on banning landmines, David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom; and David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Flamborough—Glanbrook and Vice-Chair of the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights, today called […]


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David Anderson, MP recognizes International Day of Peace

September 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills—Grasslands and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Human Rights and Religious Freedom, today recognized the International Day of Peace and stressed the need for international collaboration on the issues that continue to threaten global stability, tolerance, and the safety of vulnerable communities around […]


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C-51 Call to Action: Defend Religious Freedom in Canada

July 14, 2017

  I would like to take the time to reiterate my concerns with Liberal Bill C-51 and provide Canadians with ways in which they can voice their concerns. For those who have not heard, Bill C-51 would, among other things, remove Section 176 from Canada’s Criminal Code – the only provision that specifically protects the […]


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Bill C-51: Removing protection of religious freedom

June 23, 2017

As your Member of Parliament, I wanted to write to express my concern over a recent Bill that the Liberal government has introduced into the House of Commons, Bill C-51. I would like to draw your attention to one clause in Bill C-51 that took me aback. Clause 14 of the new Bill proposes to […]


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Anderson Marks Iran Accountability Week, Calls for the Release of the Bahá’í Seven

May 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, has joined with colleagues to highlight Iran’s regrettable record on human rights, peace and security during Iran Accountability Week 2017 (May 8-12). “The Iranian regime has created a cesspool of […]


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MPs David Anderson & Garnett Genuis host 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom

April 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, and Deputy Critic Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, successfully hosted the 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of April 3rd. “It’s hard […]


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