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Today, we release the third piece in our series of Policy Options articles that have emerged as a response to our Spirited Citizenship: Care, Conflict, and Virtue round table in Ottawa last month, convened in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute to mark Canada’s Sesquicentennial. 

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Religious Freedom Month December 6, 2017  |  By Janet Epp Buckingham
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(Pictured: Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, Trinity Western University Laurentian Leadership Centre) 

An inflammatory statement by Canada’s newly appointed Governor General, two key Supreme Court case hearings and one judgement on religious freedom issues, and two parliamentary committees holding hearings on “holding hearings simultaneously on seemingly contradictory issues” this month in Ottawa…what could it all mean?

"If the confluence of these events has a broader lesson, it is that if we are serious about embracing diversity, we have to include religion in the dialogue,” observes Cardus Senior Fellow and Director of Trinity Western University’s Laurentian Leadership Centre Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham. 

(Pictured: Dr. David Pfrimmer, Principal and Dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 

Indeed, she notes, “Many Canadians are deeply religious and depend on legal protections that recognize their right to live out their diverse faiths in their public and private lives. To genuinely embrace diversity and inclusion, we must ensure that religion is part of the dialogue.”

Be sure to read the full article on Policy Options today!

(Pictured: FMr. Faheem Affan, media and public relations for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, Program Director Cardus Law)

To read more of Janet’s reflection on religious freedom in Canada, read her piece Three Risks For Freedom here.

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