It was right down to the wire to schedule the interview ith Ambassador Andrew Bennett of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. He was travelling the week before
our interview and committed to a busy schedule after that,
but he graciously made time for us just before our deadline.
As his newly created government position reached its
first anniversary, we thought it important to check in to
see how the work is going. Religious freedom is something
Evangelicals watch carefully, even in Canada – maybe especially in Canada.
You’ll find Ambassador Bennett was careful, and rightly
so, not to comment on internal Canadian politics. But we
have to admit the Quebec Government’s proposed Charter
of Values was on our minds as we spoke to him.
Which brings us to our cover story on Quebec, a province we all know is more secularized and post-Christian
than the rest of Canada, full of remarkable challenges for
its relatively tiny evangelical community.
We asked an up-and-coming Quebec writer Jenna Smith
to sketch what it’s like to live out your faith in the Quebec
context. Her own life experience helped her to ask just the
right challenging questions as she interviewed a variety of
We’re having the entire package translated into French
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