(Staff) THERE ARE growing concerns that the Office of Religious Freedom (ORF), which was established in 2013 under the Conservative government, may be axed by the current Liberal administration. Given that ORF’s mandate expires at the end of March and no formal announcement on its future has been made, there is much speculation that it will be shut down shortly.
ORF was established inside the Foreign Affairs Department (now known as Global Affairs Canada) and Andrew Bennett was appointed its first ambassador for three years. His term, which was set to expire Feb. 19th, has been extended until at least the end of March.
Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has recently argued