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2016-03-21 17:53 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,

Madam Speaker, I congratulate the member for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock on his excellent speech. The freedom to have this debate is a freedom that is dear to us all.

Do human rights begin and end with religious freedom? Not to me. I agree that the Office of Religious Freedom is inadequate on its own and that the motion therefore does not deserve our support.

Freedom is a puzzle with many pieces in addition to religion. Many kinds of freedoms make up the basic rights that, together, create a truly free society. The Conservatives' motion is not worded in a way that promotes religious freedom, so this is yet another missed opportunity for the opposition.

In my Conservative colleague's opinion, what leadership role might Canada play in the world to ensure equal protection for all freedoms? Are there any freedoms that my colleague would choose not to protect on the international stage?

Madame la Présidente, je félicite le député de Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock pour son excellent discours. La liberté de tenir ce débat est une liberté qui nous est chère à tous.

Les droits humains sont-ils limités aux libertés religieuses? D'après moi, non, ils ne le sont pas. Je suis d'accord pour dire que le Bureau de la liberté de religion n'est pas adéquat, tout seul, et donc que la motion ne mérite pas notre appui comme tel.

Le casse-tête des libertés ne se limite pas à la religion. Il existe plusieurs formes de liberté qui font partie des droits fondamentaux qui, ensemble, créent une société véritablement libre. La motion des conservateurs n'est pas formulée d'une manière à promouvoir la liberté de religion et c'est encore une occasion manquée par l'opposition officielle.

Selon mon collègue conservateur, quel rôle de leadership le Canada pourrait-il jouer dans le monde pour la protection égale de toutes les libertés? Y a-t-il des libertés que mon collègue choisirait de ne pas protéger sur la scène internationale?

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