Sunday, March 21, 2010

Free speech in Canada?

Not according to this university rector. What a shameful letter. It does however make the case for getting rid of the vile hrcs.
Ann Coulter will be speaking in Canada in Ottawa, London and Ottawa and will be on the Michael Coren show. If this starts a furore among the left that is a good thing.
Maybe it will remind some that Canada has a long tradition of free speech, which some on the left used to understand. Something this censor doesn't understand.
“Dear Ms. Coulter,

I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here. You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind. There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.


François Houle.”
Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5
téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737
télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103

More From Strictly Right. It seems the leftist on student council at U of O also
don't like free speech. Alumni are you listening?

Update: Front Page of National Post. You Can't buy this kind of advertising.


island breezes said...

What an example of the 'Peter Principle'! Obviously he's not really able to comprehend the purpose of a university..but then so few do, these days.
Luckily my kids have found a great liberal arts college 2 hrs north of Ottawa...they focus on a search for truth, rather than a search 'to fit in'. Neat idea, eh!?

Poll Canadians, and they'll reply that they see nothing wrong with Houle's letter. He's only asking Coulter to be considerate of our heightened sense of civility . What could be offensive about his suggestion that Coulter is hateful and misogynist? How could anyone object to his warnings of dire consequences should she misspeak?

Sigh. Some days I really miss being 17 and believing in Canada 'the true north , strong and free'.

Kit said...

What a dick!

Right - Child's application for Ottawa U , in the shredder.
No way on this green earth will I fund my offspring getting an "education" from an pompous arse like that.

Anonymous said...

A bullshit letter like this will be like water of a ducks back for Ms. Coulter. I would imagine she gets this kind of crap from lefty goofs everyday. If I can get the time off I am looking forward to going to her event here in Calgary.

Rob C

Anonymous said...

Obviously, Francois writing above believes in freedom of speech provided it is heavily controlled. Sorry Francois but that is NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Everyone should be able to say whatever then want.. is freedom of speech. Mind you your right to freedom of speech does not fairly allow one the right to interfere nor impair the regular workings of society. In this case Ms Coulter is welcome to speak her mind on whatever topics she so chooses. Shame I can't be there to hear her. (real conservative)

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Anonymous said...

Island breezes is right. Canadians don't believe in spreading hate. Those who would rather perpetuate racism should move to a country where that is tolerated.'re child doesn't belong at any canadian university if that's the "forward thinking" you encourage.

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