Talking God in foreign policy this election

Religion needs to be on the agenda alongside pipelines and the TPP, as an equal, major issue.

PMO Photo: Deb Ransom
Tawadros II, pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper tour St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Markham, Ont. on Sept. 12, 2014.
Robert Joustra
Published: Wednesday, 08/19/2015 12:00 am EDT

“It’s hard not to see religion from the Embassy window.” That opens one of the policy messages in a new report, Toward Religion-Attentive Foreign Policy, an Anglo-American dialogue among government, civil society and leading experts, published this summer. The British-American report is especially fresh for Canadians, moving into a fall election, one that boasts a first-time actual foreign policy debate (Sept. 28 at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall) between Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau.

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