Address by Minister Baird at Office of Religious Freedom Stakeholder Consultations

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to join you this morning. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas on a key priority for our government: establishing an Office of Religious Freedom.

We announced our intention to do so in the Speech from the Throne on June 3. And I repeated our commitment most recently at the United Nations General Assembly this past week in New York.

This office will be created to promote and protect freedom of religion and belief, consistent with core Canadian values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

This story slipped under the wire and is just starting to bubble up to the surface now that the office supplies are ordered. What the hell is harper up to now?

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