Members of the legal fraternity could start with the second right.
On the other hand, as reported on the Globe and Mail’s web site
The Harper government is preparing to carve out a new role for Canada as a champion of religious rights abroad …
Early in 2012, the Tories will finally flesh out a campaign promise to install the Office of Religious Freedom within the secular confines of the Department of Foreign Affairs …
The article adds
The new Conservative office – which will publicly criticize regimes that mistreat religious minorities – is in part a workaround to avoid the pushback the Tories previously encountered from the Foreign Affairs bureaucracy. Conservatives privately complain that civil servants in some instances resisted their efforts to raise concern about religious persecution.
The article writer sought Michael Ignatief’s views.
Former Liberal leader Michael Ignatief, for one, offers qualified support for the new office.
The article doesn’t mentioned who else the reported asked, so we don’t know who the for 2, 3, 4 etc., might be, if they exist. As for Mr. Ignatief’s view, the article adds
But he says it can’t be a tool for pressure groups the Conservatives hope to appease in Canada.
“It’s a good thing provided it defends all cases of religious persecution, not just those that are bothering domestic constituencies at home, and that it doesn’t ignore other human-rights violations, which usually accompany religious persecution, like limits on freedom of the press, denial of democratic rights and persecution.”
Who’d ever think of accusing the current regime of pandering?
Or limiting freedom of the press, denying democratic rights etc. … well, the Parliamentary Gallery might; and some scholars of constitutional law; and some people who have this unusual belief that the current majority has as much of an obligation to obey laws passed by the past Parliament (until the laws are repealed or declared unconstitutional (oops)) as a former Tory Cabinet minister accused of things we can’t speak of (because we don’t know and were never told).
Pandering is some sort of unusual activity involving lobbyists and lobbying, best not carried out in lobbies, right?