When you look at Canada you don't see it. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that there are examples of Christians facing a certain level of persecution because of their faith. But this is far from systematic. I feel comfortable saying that as Christians in Canada we feel relatively unoppressed.
There's no doubt about the persecution involved in Jesus' story. He was pressed by the religious class, that's a definite. But it's important to note that he grew up in a culture, and belonged to a people group, whose worldview was developed in the midst of persecution. The Jewish history of their nation being taken over by hostile enemies and their people taken away as slaves, and Jesus' context of the Roman Empire present in Jerusalem. Much of what Jesus taught was taught in the context of persecution.
This recently brought me to a rather uncomfortable thought. Christianity can't really be understood outside of the context of persecution. Or, can Christianity really be lived outside of persecution?
Maybe this is why some Christians seem so desperate to see a church that's actually persecuted in Canada. I know this seems harsh, but whenever we get to Christmas and the "war on Chritmasers" get their thing going, I go a little bonkers. There are others who will claim that the church is persecuted for an opinion on marriage, an opinion on birth control, or whatever it may be.
But regardless of what I might accept as actual persecution of the church, right or wrong as I may be, I think that it's important to remember that once some sort of trial or persecution is perceived, then it becomes real for that individual. And I'm not saying that everyone who perceives persecution is therefore oppressed, Rather, I think that as soon as any Jesus followers perceive some sort of persecution, trial, or trouble against themselves, we need to start to ask, "How do I respond to this?"
The problem in the Canadian church is that we've been so far removed from persecution for so long that we've forgotten how to respond to persecution in a Jesus way. Instead of seeing persecution as an inevitable reality that the early church thrived in, we see persecution as something which gives us a leg up, or the moral high ground over the non-christian world. But take a look at how Jesus talked about facing troubles in his day: