Several Brandon University students in Manitoba are suing their school’s student union after having their pro-life club’s status revoked late last year.
The lawsuit, filed last week in a Manitoba court, is simply looking for the school to let the students have their club, which they’ve used to advance their position on timely issues such as abortion and assisted suicide, and facilitate broader community discussions on the topics.
According to a sworn affidavit, the club’s president, Catherine Dubois, was told a pro-life group made other students feel “uncomfortable” and “intimidated”, as though students have a right to freedom from discomfort.
Further to that, the student union allegedly said the pro-life group was unnecessary because the LGBTQ Collective and Women’s Collective already discuss abortion and suicide.
As Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms president John Carpay told me on my radio show this week, that would be the same as saying that no Liberal or Conservative clubs should be allowed because there is already a campus NDP club that discusses politics.
The Brandon University example is the tip of the iceberg, however.
In Canada, pro-life clubs at Ryerson University, University of Alberta, York University, Ontario Institute of Technology, and dozens more have been hit with status revocations, “security fees” and other stipulations that are tantamount to censorship by a publicly funded university.