Parliamentary Forums on Religious Freedom

David-Anderson-4th-Parliamentary-Forum-on-Religious-FreedomIn March of 2011, MP David Anderson hosted the first Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom. Envisioned as a way to raise awareness of the need to protect religious freedoms around the world, five subsequent forums have since been held.

For more information on each forum, please follow the links below:

In October of 2017, MP David Anderson hosted the first Parliamentary Forum on Canadians Freedoms, with the goal of identifying potential threats to civil liberties in Canada:


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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SPEAKER BIO: Mr. Jay Cameron

October 11, 2017

Mr. Jay Cameron Litigation Manager, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Jay Cameron is the litigation manager at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit law firm dedicated to the education and defence of Canadians constitutional rights, particularly freedom of religion and conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Jay graduated from law […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham

October 11, 2017

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham B.A., LL.B., LL.D. Professor, Trinity Western University Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program for upper-year university students focusing on public policy. She has previously served as director, law and public […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John Robson

October 11, 2017

Dr. John Robson Documentary Filmmaker, Columnist, Commentator-at-large and Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa John Robson, commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa, columnist with the National Post and documentary filmmaker, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University […]


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Parliamentary Forum Studies Ways to Advance Religious Freedom in China

April 7, 2017

By Limin Zhou | Epoch Times OTTAWA — With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s new ambassador to China, John McCallum, ambitious to pursue ever greater engagement with the world’s most populous nation, two former ambassadors on April 3 addressed the annual parliamentarians’ forum on religious freedom concerned about rights violations in that country. “China […]


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China remains fearful of religious freedom, forum told

April 7, 2017

By Art Babych | Anglican Journal It shouldn’t surprise anyone that China’s leaders are “deeply fearful of any manifestation of religious belief,” since it is “perpetually insecure about its hold on power,” said David Mulroney, Canada’s former ambassador to China. Limited by an ideology that can’t see anything beyond the communist vision, the Chinese government’s […]


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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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SPEAKER BIO: Rukiye Turdush

March 31, 2017

Ms. Rukiye Turdush Former spokesperson of East Turkistan Government in Exile, Diplomacy and Human Rights Office Rukiye Turdush was born in East Turkistan. An ethnic Uyghur, she studied history at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She immigrated to Canada in 1998. She studied international development at the University of Windsor and studied post-graduate social […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Anastasia Lin

March 31, 2017

Miss Anastasia Lin Award Winning Actress, Reigning Miss World Canada and Human Rights Advocate Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title, and was to represent Canada at the Miss World pageant in China. However, she was refused a visa and […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Andrew Bennett

March 31, 2017

Dr. Andrew Bennett Senior Research Fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, an academic and advocate for religious freedom with an extensive educational background in history, political science, and religious studies, is Senior Research Fellow with the Religious […]


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David Anderson, MP & Garnett Genuis, MP to host 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom

March 31, 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, will be hosting the 6th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom on the evening of April 3, 2017. […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Carole Samdup

March 16, 2017

Ms. Carole Samdup Executive Director, Canada Tibet Committee Carole Samdup has served as Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee since 2012. Previously she was a senior policy advisor at the International Centre for Human Rights & Democratic Development working as a specialist in human rights methodologies. In that capacity she participated in numerous monitoring […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Joel Chipkar

March 16, 2017

Mr. Joel Chipkar Spokesperson, Falun Dafa Association of Canada Joel Chipkar is a spokesperson for Falun Dafa Association of Canada. He has worked with the Canadian government agencies, such as the Immigration and Refugee Board in his capacity as an expert on Falun Gong and related issues. Mr. Chipkar testified at the Citizenship and Immigration […]


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SPEAKER BIO: David Mulroney

March 16, 2017

Mr. David Mulroney President & Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College David Mulroney is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College, the Catholic federated university within the University of Toronto. He came to St. Michael’s after more than 30 years in Canada’s Public Service. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Mulroney was […]


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David Anderson, MP hosts 5th Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom

May 3, 2016

Ottawa, ON – David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands and Official Opposition Critic for International Human Rights and Religious Freedom, was pleased to host the 5th Annual Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom, held in Ottawa on the evening of May 2, 2016. Organized by MP Anderson, this year’s forum was entitled, “Religious Freedom […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Abdu Murray

April 28, 2016

Mr. Abdu Murray B.A., J.D. North American Director, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Mr. Murray is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. Mr. Murray has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Mario Silva

April 28, 2016

Dr. Mario Silva B.A., LL.M., Ph.D. (International Law) Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University Dr. Mario Silva has had a distinguished career as an elected municipal and federal official between the years 1994 and 2011 as well as an author and international legal scholar. He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as the […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Janet Epp Buckingham

April 28, 2016

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham B.A., LL.B., LL.D. Associate Professor of Political Studies and History, Trinity Western University Janet Epp Buckingham is a professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre, an Ottawa-based, live-in, extension program for upper-year university students focusing on public policy. She has previously served as director, law […]


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SPEAKER BIO: Os Guinness

April 28, 2016

Dr. Os Guinness D.Phil International Adjunct Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Author, and Social Critic Dr. Os Guinness was born in China in World War II where his parents were medical missionaries.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. Dr. […]


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

April 26, 2016

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, 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 […]


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