Conservative Party of Canada leader, Andrew Scheer, is backing away from his campaign promise to protect free speech on university campuses by defunding those that shut down events.
As you’re probably aware, events featuring right-leaning thinkers or those where controversial topics are discussed, have been cancelled, mostly by university administrators and naysayers who simply want to silence opinions.
I’ve said previously, that I thought Scheer’s policy was naive, since it only cut some, but not all funding to universities.
Essentially, we’re paying for our educational institutions to churn out partisan voters, and defunding one over another doesn’t seem like a very good solution to the problem.
And now Scheer’s Director of Media Relations Jake Enwright has said that the rule may or may not apply depending on whether events are at risk of violating Canadian laws by providing a platform for hate speech.
But it’s not up to Scheer to decide what constitutes hate speech, and you can’t just pick and choose what speech should remain free.
If you’re going to defend it for one group, you’d better be defending it for another and it would seem Andrew Scheer needs to pick a lane.