Category: Canada Published on Saturday, 16 February 2013 08:03 Written by Sam Dixon
The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, is anticipated to reveal his government’s most awaited Office of Religious Freedom, and also officially nominate Canada’s first religious freedom ambassador, at a ceremony scheduled to be held at Toronto-area Ahmadiyya Muslim community centre on Tuesday.
This commitment of unveiling the new office at Tahir Hall, in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, is going to execute a much awaited almost two-year-old promise, which went through ample controversies, since it was initially proposed during the 2011 federal election. The government hopes to achieve, through a growing body of literature, better relations and religious freedom while ensuring democratic rights, societal well-being and safeguarding the religious minorities abroad as a key ideology of Canadian foreign policy. While on the other hand, critics have condemned the government's plan, asserting that the government is aiming to select which religions the $20-million office will protect and use the new office as a means of targeting domestic political gain.