Rachel Notley, the disgraced former premier of Alberta, has made opposing free speech on university campuses her latest cause.
As I mentioned earlier this week, the first universities in the province are now rolling out their free speech principles, based on a template from the University of Chicago. This is good for everyone.
But here’s what Notley wrote yesterday:
This is not about free speech on campus - we already have free speech.
This is the UCP dictating that universities and colleges owe everyone, including hate groups, a platform.
She was replying to a comment from her former education minister, David Eggen. (Remember him?) Eggen was tweeting about letters sent from the new Alberta government to universities asking them to adopt their own free speech policies. Eggen found this scandalous.
Here’s Kathleen Ganley, who was Rachel Notley’s justice minister until they were thrown out by voters:
My colleague @davideggenab received these letters from post-secondary leaders concerned about the extreme Chicago Principles, which will allow hate speech to spread on #abpse campuses #ableg
Now, if she means by hate speech, simply speech that she hates, she’s 100 per cent right. Because no longer will left wing extremists be able to ban their “enemies” from speaking.
Then someone points out to her that hate speech, as defined in the criminal code, is still banned under law. And she says:
Hate speech is prohibited. On its face this should be enough, but that standard to prove is high and the wait to hearing long. Basically the privilege group gets to spew hate, those affected can try to get legal remedy at cost to themselves.
So what she means then is that, sure, hate speech, the criminal code variety, is still banned. And that’s enforced by police and prosecutors.
What she wants banned, and she’s sad that it won’t be banned anymore now that she’s not in charge, is speech by “privilege groups.”
That’s quite something to hear from a rich white liberal lawyer.
TONIGHT I'll show you all the expressions of NDP outrage over this adoption of common sense free speech principles by Alberta universities and colleges. There are many more.
All the NDP's disgraced former ministers, and their party staff, are making this their big push. They’re just coming right out and saying it — they’re against free speech. On campuses, of all places.
They’re not even pretending anymore. They were pretending until they lost the election. Now they’re showing us who they are, and always have been.
And I’m not surprised that the mainstream media doesn’t have a word to say against any of this censorship by the NDP — in fact, judging by their coverage of it calling free speech “controversial” — it looks like the media party agrees with Notley:
Some voices just shouldn’t be heard...
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