Religious Freedom Matters

Articles on religious freedom by David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills – Grasslands.

2018 Update: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Russia

May 17, 2018

Click here to view the PDF version My office has prepared an update on the state of freedom of religion or belief in Russia. Please find a link to the report below. Thank you for your engagement with issues of religious freedom. David Anderson, MP Click here to view the PDF version


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Freedom of Religion or Belief in Saudi Arabia: A Report by the Office of David Anderson, MP

April 16, 2018

Click here to view the PDF version For those with an interest in the history and religious freedom issues pertaining to Saudi Arabia, please find below a link to a new report produced by my office. At this time, the report is available in English only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. David […]


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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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Opinion: Marking International Religious Freedom Day

October 28, 2016

Every day, Canadians are inundated with international news that speaks of unimaginable atrocities committed against people just because of their faith. This involved all MPs last week when Conservatives called for the House to recognize the genocide that the Yazidi religious minority, and particularly women and girls, are facing at the hands of ISIS. These […]


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Letter to the Editor: Canada, step up for religious minorities

December 23, 2015

The Christmas season has given Canadians even more reason to reflect on the crisis facing the people of Syria and Iraq, as well as Canada’s duty to extend a welcoming hand. Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, recently provided an insightful article to The Hill Times in which he argues […]


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ISIL and Religious Freedom

September 16, 2014

By David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills – Grasslands At a time when the eyes of the world are fixed on atrocities being committed by ISIL in the name of religion, the notion of “religious freedom” can sound repugnant.  It almost appears to imply that ISIL, the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, […]


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Why Religious Freedom Matters

June 19, 2014

By David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills – Grasslands Religious freedom is not an issue that shows up on the grid of the average Canadian. In fact, when you mention it to someone, you typically get a range of responses.  Some people express a genuine interest, but most people’s eyes slowly glaze over like you […]


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