The campus event had notable speakers like Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson, MLA Politician Derek Fildebrandt, and our very own Ezra Levant, and obviously, none of the speakers are happy with Canada’s handling of these issues.
This event was entirely intellectually driven. Jordan Peterson spoke about post-modernism. Derek Fildebrandt spoke about the Wildrose party and the future of Canadian Conservatism. We had professors, policy-makers, and even politicians speaking to students and guests about serious issues affecting Canada.
There were people protesting and rioting outside the event. These radical leftists called themselves anti-fascists. Around the time Ezra came to speak, the anti-fascists fought past security guards to storm into the event.
They broke tables, ripped up books, stripped half naked, pulled the fire alarm-- all while yelling, "THIS IS WHAT WHITE SUPREMACY LOOKS LIKE!" and “THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS!” when we were advocating against fascist policies restricting free speech.
Watch my video to see some of what took place at the event and to hear from some of the speakers.
There’s something mentally perverse with these anti-fascists, especially since labelling us as fascists and white supremacists.
So, what can we take away from this event?
Well, for a start, there are a lot of young violent people on university campuses, who are against discussions around free speech and fiscal policy.
These same young people are likely against Conservatism too, perhaps viewing Conservatives as racist, sexist, homophobic when, in reality, political ideologies are far more complex than their sociology classes have taught them.
We’ve seen this in UC Berkeley, in NYU and now, U of T. Wherever there’s a discussion about free speech, or the economy, or Conservatism, these local univeristy-grown violent activists will come and they will terrorize those who wish to have a civil discussion.
In this case, we had a perfectly normal discussion about free speech and fiscal policy and the anti-fascists still came and attempted to violently disrupt the event but we still fought on intellectually to discuss the issues that affect us all.
At the end of the day, we got the last laugh because they acted like fools while we talked about the issues and changed hearts and minds.