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2016-03-21 16:52 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Freedom of conscience and religion, Office of Religious Freedom, Opposition motions

Bureau de la liberté de religion, Liberté de conscience et de religion,

Mr. Speaker, one of the wonders of freedom is that the member for Calgary Midnapore can challenge our logic with his own logic, and we can have a completely civilized conversation based on fundamental and sometimes irreconcilable philosophical disagreements.

One wonders, then, why that same member has not spent his political capital on the promotion of an office of political freedom. Freedom of the press, of scientific research, and otherwise of personal choices has never been a particular forte for the hon. member or his recent government.

Religious freedom is an important freedom, indeed, a very important freedom, but it is only one freedom in a suite of freedoms that allow a society to define itself as free.

My wife is from the province of Sultan Kudarat on the Island of Mindanao, a place the member referred to. When I was there a few years ago, there was a major bombing only a few cities from where I was staying. The civil war that has existed there for more than a generation is not something that would be addressed by the Office of Religious Freedom either way. It is a red herring in this debate.

Freedom of association and assembly are necessary for the freedom of religion, as well as the freedom of thought, of being political, of reading, of writing, and of communicating on topics of our own interest, of having freedom of debate.

The Office of Religious Freedom is only one piece of the puzzle in defending basic human rights and liberties, but it is a large puzzle with many pieces. Does restricting our protection of human rights internationally to only—

Monsieur le Président, l'un des avantages de la liberté, c'est que le député de Calgary Midnapore peut contester notre logique avec sa propre logique et que nous pouvons avoir une discussion tout à fait civilisée fondée sur des divergences fondamentales et parfois irréconciliables de principes.

On peut se demander, alors, pourquoi ce même député n'a pas consacré de capital politique à la promotion d'un bureau de la liberté politique. La liberté de la presse, de la recherche scientifique et des choix de chacun n'ont jamais été les points forts du député ni de son gouvernement.

La liberté de religion est importante, et même très importante, mais c'est une liberté parmi toutes les libertés qui permettent à une société de se définir comme une société libre.

Mon épouse vient de la province de Sultan Kudarat, sur l'île de Mindanao, un endroit dont a parlé le député. Lorsque je m'y trouvais, il y a quelques années, un bombardement majeur est survenu à quelques villes de l'endroit où j'étais. La guerre civile qui fait rage là-bas depuis plus d'une génération ne serait pas réglée grâce au Bureau de la liberté de religion de toute façon. Ce n'est qu'un faux-fuyant dans ce débat.

La liberté d'association et de réunion est nécessaire à la liberté de religion, ainsi que la liberté de penser, de faire de la politique, de lire, d'écrire et de communiquer sur des sujets qui nous intéressent, et la liberté de débat.

Le Bureau de la liberté de religion n'est qu'une pièce du casse-tête que constitue la défense des libertés et des droits fondamentaux, et il s'agit d'un grand casse-tête qui compte beaucoup de pièces. Limiter la protection des droits de la personne à l'échelle internationale à seulement...

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