Kelly McParland: Canadian voters are the real target of Stephen Harper’s new religion office

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When Jason Kenney, minister in charge of getting immigrant and ethnic voters to dump the Liberals and vote Tory, was asked on the CBC what the new Office of Religious Freedom would do, he gave a fairly lengthy response.

It would ensure “that the department of foreign affairs and the government broadly will address issues of  persecution of religious minorities as part of our foreign policy.” It would monitor “a growing wave of violent persecution” against “minority faith communities,” and “make sure we look through a religious freedom and freedom of conscience lens when we are addressing different issues.” Also there would be research and analysis, and projects “that empower and advocate on behalf of religious minorities,” and a new ambassador who would “have a representational role around the world.” All for five million bucks. A steal at twice the price.

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