May 06, 2019

Jason Kenney wants to strengthen campus free speech — and a newspaper comes out against it

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


I used to live in Edmonton, Alberta, and from time to time I visited the luxurious downtown offices of the Edmonton Journal. What a holdover from an era when newspapers actually used to make money — and when they were the center of a city.

And right there in the lobby was the honorary Pulitzer Prize won by that newspaper way back in 1938. It was for the Edmonton Journal’s resistance to laws introduced by Social Credit premier Bill Aberhart.

Aberhart couldn’t stand critics of his government, so he passed a series of laws, including one that would force newspapers to run “editorial content” written by Aberthart’s government to “correct” the wrong ideas in the papers.

The Edmonton Journal, refused, and railed against this. The laws were soon enough struck down by the Supreme Court.

But look at this, from today's Edmonton Journal

UCP prepares to roll out Ford-flavoured post-secondary changes in Alberta

The UCP government will require Alberta post-secondary institutions to adopt controversial free speech policies based on U.S. principles that allow speakers, no matter how “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive,” say what they like on campuses.

Is free speech a U.S. principle? Is that what our Supreme Court of Canada said in the case of the Press Act and Bill Aberhart? Have you ever — you know — read the Charter of Rights? It’s right there in section 2 b! Or the Canadian Bill of Rights? It’s right there in section 1, d and f!

These policies, the Edmonton Journal continues:

...are called the Chicago Principles.

Hailed by Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides and others as the “gold standard,” they were developed by the University of Chicago in 2014 to demonstrate a commitment to free speech on U.S. college campuses.

But some worry they don’t allow universities to distinguish between groups or individuals who want to speak on campus, be it a flat-earth society, racists or a celebrity.

Here's an example of what the Chicago Principles are all about:

It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. Although the University greatly values civility, and although all members of the University community share in the responsibility for maintaining a climate of mutual respect, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as a justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members of our community.

Can you disagree with that? Well, the Edmonton Journal does.

And having just mocked free speech as something un-Albertan, it goes on to quote one "Professor Sigal Ben-Porath, a University of Pennsylvania free speech scholar, helped Ontario institutions develop Ford-mandated policies."

“We are serving more and more diverse students…. (and) we need to be thoughtful in the ways in which we organize the environment in which they are learning,” she said.

So she’s saying that minorities or new immigrants can’t handle freedom.

Sorry, that’s the soft bigotry of low expectations.

There's more to this Edmonton Journal story, as I'll show you tonight.

I found this newsworthy because I used to live in Edmonton, and I’ve seen that Pulitzer Prize plaque; and I know how a premier tried to shut down the free press by calling it fake news. I loved my Alberta history, my pride in knowing that someone fought back, and lived up to the provincial motto, fortis et liber, strong and free.

Now that same newspaper is ridiculing free speech as a foreign idea, a wacky idea, even an illegal idea.

Sorry. That’s a disgrace.

And you oughta know about it...

NEXT: Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com joins me to talk about the hundreds of rocket attacks on Israel this week.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-05-08 14:45:15 -0400
LIZA ROSIE, the lack of an edit button is a bitc, er real pain in the as, er butt. But the bright side of that is, it does force one to be more aware when editing, because your mistakes are now there for all to see, and for eternity, once you hit, POST YOUR COMMENT!!
commented 2019-05-08 11:51:57 -0400
Ron, He still wants to bring 10,000 ‘qualified’ people per year to Alberta. I have read that this is to stop the population decline in Alberta. That seems odd to me. All Alberta needs is to be able to get back to work. That is how you attract people to your province.

Thanks for the corrections and clarification Ron. The only thing I hate more than being wrong is posting before I realize it.
commented 2019-05-07 22:23:58 -0400
I am a Christian and know what God says about Israel. “Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come. For Thy servants take pleasure in her stones and favor the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord and all of the kings of the earth Thy glory. When the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory.” Psalm 102:13-16
commented 2019-05-07 19:20:44 -0400
Liza Rosie….That Gov’t link won’t work, but here is a better Brooks story. It says the importing of Africans.(and many other 3rd world people started in 1996) This was before Harper and Kenney’s time, but they made their share of Immigration mistakes.

Although this is a well written story of Meat Plants in Alberta especially Brooks, skip the first 14 paragraphs; I couldn’t believe how many 3 world countries the workers came from.
https://albertaviews.ca/cut-to-the-bone/
commented 2019-05-07 15:52:45 -0400
Thanks for the clarification Ron, I will check it out.
commented 2019-05-07 15:11:41 -0400
LIZA ROSIE……When Kenney made his speech and said it was a great idea to bring in thousands of people to small towns like Brooks, he never said he would bring in Somalis, only Ezra said Somalis. I went over the speech.

Kenney had nothing to do with Brooks, and the terrible abuse of our Immigration policy. (A Minister in Ottawa can bring in thousands of scum, but he can’t just pick a town and send them there, Wasn’t it Premier Redford that made the Brooks decision?) This happened in 2006-08, and Kenney didn’t get the Minister of Immigration job till 2008. I have gotten in trouble elsewhere for relying on WIKIPEDIA, but it seems to coincide with the attached Gov’t link which deals with the Brooks situation.
https://www.mcgill.ca/crcf/files/crcf/Este_CRCF_Seminar.pdf

I always thought a Butcher was a skilled trade, but for a Somali it could be a hobby.
commented 2019-05-07 14:07:59 -0400
Jobs and Immigration Minister. Now that portfolio combo should have set off alarm bells from the get go, but we were so trusting of Harper.

I wanted Kenney in, because Notley was certain and complete destruction. But now the gloves are off. I am going to call out any bull I see him trying to push. I have little trust these days for any politician.
Time will tell. He already has a mark against him with this Cameron appointment. Albertan’s never voted for Cameron. Kenney gave no indication his appointments would be counter to the impressions he was giving Albertan’s. Was he being honest or leading us down the garden path?
commented 2019-05-07 14:03:40 -0400
“As far as Immigration goes, my Edmonton friend assures me that Jason’s plan is to bring in mostly ’Qualified People ’ "

Ron J., were the Somalis Kenney dropped in Brooks for the meat packing jobs ‘qualified’? Most left to sell drugs. It sounds like that plant needed to offer better pay to get Canadian workers. Even Somali workers wouldn’t stay. The problem might be with the wages offered not that Canadians don’t want the jobs.

Also, will the 10,000 more Somali migrants Kenney had promised Alberta before the election, be ‘qualified’ people? Qualified for what? As long as there is one able Albertan on welfare I do not want to see ANY migrants brought in to fill jobs Canadians should be filling. If training is the issue then spend the time training Canadians. I told this to Kenney when he was jobs and immigration minister under Harper. Kenney is just a bit too ‘inclusive’ for my comfort.
commented 2019-05-07 12:13:08 -0400
- The media party is about protecting their taxpayer bribes, not protecting free speech. The far left are handing out those bribes & they don’t want free speech on campuses.

- Palestinians launch rocket attacks into Israel & then hide among civilians hoping that some of those civilians will get killed in the retaliation (& if they can’t get those “victims” they’ll invent them). The fake news media then shows the “carnage that Israel created”. The Democrats are appealing to the lowest of humanity in terms of morality & that’s what we’re seeing here.
commented 2019-05-07 12:02:02 -0400
I just called the editor of the Edmonton Journal and left a message…
780-429-5100
commented 2019-05-07 11:44:43 -0400
At around the 12 minute mark I had an epiphany!
I had always wondered why there was so much anti-Americanism on the left in Canada – especially since I’d spent such a great summer in Key West in the early 70’s, or in LA in the late 80’s – whether it’s the FNMP (Fake News Media Party) or politicians or the useful idiots that support those lefty politicos, Canadian anti-Americanism has always seemed misplaced to me, let alone irrational! I believe this to be a creation of Pierre Trudeau – like so many other destructive policies and mind sets forced onto us by the Liberals ever since.
What just dawned on me is that the Liberals and other morally bankrupt, intellectually challenged lefties, don’t hate Americans so much as they hate the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and all the true correctness that the Constitutional Republic of America expresses, illustrates and stands for – the left hates that because under their thin veneer of pseudo-liberalism, the left are really fascists – as they have shown us – as history has shown us!
Maybe we the people should have our own tea party here in Canada – the theme: No Taxation Without Representation – but rather than throwing some perfectly good tea into some harbour, throw the politicians and other 5 P Professionals in instead – with millstones about their necks…
“…But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea…”

End the left before they end you…
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That lie Joe talks about – Israel occupied Gaza – is an established mindset/fact for the delusional, anti-Semitic left. Even though the left can not defend their indoctrination, it would be interesting to see how the lefty drones would respond to having the truth, Joe expressed, thrown in their face in a gotcha-capture video – after they were filmed saying so!
Lefty-hypocrisy streeters – you could do a series…

’Trudeau’s Jewdough move’.
Good one Ezra! KIAI!

Panopticon?
I had to look that one up…WOW!

The last thing I need is an excuse to swear more…
But I am disappointed Ezra, with what I NOW know about Rex Murphy, I can’t completely condemn those authoritarian globalist hacks at the CBC!
commented 2019-05-07 06:56:59 -0400
Liza Rosie,
well said.
commented 2019-05-07 06:53:50 -0400
I guess only fascists, racists and islam have a right to ‘free speech’ here in canukistan! after all a nazi communist and his pro terrorist run the former country now a post national sewer and he intends to pass laws when he gets in again in october via ILLEGAL VOTES , that criticizing him and his government (along with his ‘religion’ /special group/voters) will have we canuks charged and possibly jailed.

Now THAT IS REAL DEMOCRACY!!
commented 2019-05-07 02:58:22 -0400
“. . . but also to protect that freedom when others try to restrict it.”

Your rights stop where my rights start. An activist judge recently brushed this off in one of John Carpay’s cases. But you can’t have rights without it.
commented 2019-05-07 01:40:57 -0400
Breaking—Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election now has a Green Member of Parliament to join the Lonely Elizabeth May and probably Jody Wilson Raybould.

So far the Cons came 2nd with 25%, NDP 23% and the Liberals 12%. (some good news) The PPC and other Parties weren’t mentioned by Global.
commented 2019-05-07 01:23:09 -0400
Jason Kenney wants to strengthen campus free speech —
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It appears that most of the changes Canada needs, Jason Kenney announces it. If he follows through, the rest of Canada will try and steal him from Alberta.

As far as Immigration goes, my Edmonton friend assures me that Jason’s plan is to bring in mostly " Qualified People " if and when Alberta starts high-balling again.
commented 2019-05-07 00:34:42 -0400
Screaming Allah is great as Hamas launches rockets offensively on Isreal is disgusting. Not a fan of Hamas and Iran. Nothing justifies these racist attacks. But they do their best to justify them. And the American democrats are silent.
commented 2019-05-07 00:22:15 -0400
Ya know speaking of censorship, one of the first and hardest hit (in Canada anyway) with this bogus speech ban bull, was Faith Goldy. She has been sacrificed in payment for a get out of ‘racist/white nationalist/supremacist’ false label card, by Canada’s cowardly self appointed marxist, moral masterbaiters – mainly lead by the msm.

The more I listen to her, the more I find I can’t disagree with. Her name is spoken as a threat, to shut us down. To stand with her is used against anyone who dares. She has been branded as a supremacist and it is a lie.
Most people know its a lie, but won’t admit it. I know its a lie. I am not a white supremacist, or a racist and neither is Faith Goldy. FYI msm , to be a Canadian Nationalist is a good thing, always has been, one brain dead generation does not get to change that. You do not get to direct the narrative for this country.

To keep free speech we need to tell the bullies to sod off. Immigration and free speech will make or break this nation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nDBllJVTAw
commented 2019-05-07 00:19:33 -0400
Great show Ezra! Packed with tons of interesting info.
commented 2019-05-06 23:35:17 -0400
Ezra….your expletives were warranted in that case, this person out rite lied, and may GOD damn that person for it.
commented 2019-05-06 22:55:20 -0400
Gaza IS occupied… by Hamas.
commented 2019-05-06 22:53:06 -0400
Great close Ezra. If there is a God, he/she/zer loves you :)
commented 2019-05-06 22:37:22 -0400
How long ‘til Canada gets its’ very own “Tamerlane” & his mountain of Heads’?
commented 2019-05-06 22:31:07 -0400
We can thank Obama for giving Iran plane loads of cash, which they now use to fund Hamas against Israel.
commented 2019-05-06 22:28:07 -0400
So how about giving Pakistan back to India?
commented 2019-05-06 22:27:18 -0400
Alberta Maga good tweet and vid.
“He was responsible for transferring Iranian money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”
Israel is doing what it has a right to do, defend itself. The only way for the killing to stop is for Islam to stop hating Jews and wanting to destroy Israel. We all know that will never happen. What’s left is perpetual management of a bad situation.
commented 2019-05-06 22:05:50 -0400
Hamas is a terrorist group hell bent on extinguishing every last Jew in Israel. Important to remember that Israel NEVER strikes first. They only strike back . Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have no business in any US government position. Allowing militant political Muslims into western government positions is a travesty.