Our roundtable agendas will be posted here monthly.
Roundtable Agenda - September
- What are the important aspects of Bill 21?
- Now that it is law, how will the implementation of Bill 21 affect faith in the public square in Quebec? Will these changes be generally positive or negative for Quebec society?
- What are the reasonable limits of public expression of religion in the workplace?
- How does Bill 21 reflect the difficulty of balancing freedom of religion, multiculturalism, and cultural values? How can Canada properly strike this balance?
Roundtable Agenda - August
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FROM THE VIDEO:
- Freedom of religion is a fundamental freedom as defined in both the Canadian Charter and the U.S. Constitution. Does it remain so today in practice?
- What institutional and societal constraints exist and should be cause for concern?
- If freedom of religion is a fundamental freedom, can it also be argued to be a foundational freedom?
- What role do faith communities have in exercising freedom of religion?
- How do we ensure, and why must we ensure, the robust exercise of religious freedom within a multi-faith and multi-cultural society.
- What is conscience?
- Why does conscience matter in our public lives? Should people’s exercise of their conscience still be protected in law?
- As people of faith, our religious beliefs inform our consciences. What is the role of faith communities in defending conscience rights in our society?
- In the paper, we address a few current challenges to conscience rights (e.g. Canada Summer Jobs, Healthcare Referrals, and Gender Identity and Expression). What impact do these particular cases have on your faith community’s ability to live a public faith?
- Given this history, how effective have we been as a country in upholding religious freedom? Has there been a significant shift in attitudes towards religious freedom today?
- Who has the responsibility to uphold religious freedom in our country? Is it public institutions, ourselves, or both? What roles should each play?
- As individuals who are members of faith communities, are we fulfilling our role in defending religious freedom? What are the challenges in doing this?