By Letter to the Editor on June 14, 2017.
From the acceptance speech by Andrew Scheer, the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, May 27:
“É I believe that the foundation of our democracy is our ability to have a debate about any subject. That’s why I am so committed to defending free speech. I will withhold federal grants from universities that shut down debate and can’t stand different points of viewÉ”
What does the Conservative leader’s commitment mean for the administration at the University of Lethbridge? It is attempting to pre-empt both the protections of tenure and the legal procedures outlined in the collective agreement with the U of L Faculty Association in order to “shut down debate” because it “can’t stand different points of view.”
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