While full analysis of each party’s platform is still to come from myself and Zak after they’re released this weekend, I think it’s worth noting something of interest here in the Conservative Party platform that was just released today.
Found just after plans to build a slew of memorials for everything from the War of 1812 to victims of the Holocaust and Communism is this (on page 40):
DEFENDING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Around the world vulnerable religious minorities are subject to persecution, violence, and repression.
Canada has a proud tradition of defending fundamental human rights, such as freedom of religion and freedom of conscience; and our Government recognizes that respect for religious pluralism is inextricably linked to democratic development.
But we can and should do more to respond to the plight of those who suffer merely because of their faith. We will:
- create a special Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to monitor religious freedom around the world, to promote religious freedom as a key objective of Canadian foreign policy, and to advance policies and programs that support religious freedom;
- continue to ensure that Canada offers its protection to vulnerable religious minorities through our generous refugee resettlement programs; and
- ensure that the Canadian International Development Agency works with groups supporting such vulnerable minorities.
The Office is budgeted for $5 million per year.