Protesters against Ann Coulter outside Marion Hall after
they managed to have the planned speech at the University of Ottawa canceled due
to security concerns. Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen
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Ann Coulter Ottawa speech shut down… 2000
protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks — pulled fire alarm in
building. Cops shut it down! Blogs calling for Coulter to be hurt. MPs were
banned from going, Coulter denounced by an MP in the Parliament.
The University of Ottawa cancelled a speech by U.S. firebrand conservative Ann Coulter late Tuesday, just moments before its scheduled start, because organizers feared protesters would turn violent.
Coulter: “I’m pretty sure little Francois A-Houle does not need to travel with a bodyguard,” she said. “I would like to know when this sort of violence, this sort of protest, has been inflicted upon a Muslim — who appear to be, from what I’ve read of the human rights complaints, the only protected group in Canada. I think I’ll give my speech tomorrow night in a burka. That will protect me.” ...
They welcome Israel Apartheid Week and its accompanying violence. They welcome Robert Fisk. They welcome
George Galloway, today's Oswald Mosley….no protest except when he was barred
from Canada by the Feds for supporting Hamas…..he is a hero of free
They embrace inciter to genocide, George Galloway.
They employ a Muslim terrorist wanted in France for blowing up a synagogue.
And lick the shoes of anti-Semites. They welcomed Jew-hating superhero Robert Fisk and the Student
Union wasn't really screaming …..(hat tip Armaros)
Go, Ann, go.
Even before she opened her mouth for
the first of three speeches this week on Canadian soil, American
right-wing antagonist Ann Coulter had already scored a victory of sorts.
Ms. Coulter, who was to speak at the University of Western Ontario on
Monday night, received a pre-emptive and private caution about the
limits of free speech in Canada from the provost of the University of
Ottawa, where she appears Tuesday.
The letter was immediately leaked to select conservative news
organizations, with Ms. Coulter telling one that the university was
“threatening to criminally prosecute me for my speech.”(more here)
The fascists advance yet again. They are moving to big game now and winning:
OTTAWA — Concerns for “public safety” forced the cancellation of American
conservative political commentator Ann Coulter’s public-speaking event at the
University of Ottawa Tuesday night.
Several hundred people, including students from both Carleton University and
the University of Ottawa, showed up prior to Coulter’s speech. The loudest and
most vociferous were protesting her presence, drowning out a smaller group of
Ottawa police had more than nine squad cars at the scene, at the university’s
Marion Hall. But the event was cancelled about 8:15 p.m. — before Coulter had a
chance to speak.
Reports suggested the building was evacuated after someone pulled a fire
“It’s a public safety issue,” said Sgt. Dan Beauchamp.
The fiery right-wing pundit and author stirred controversy even before she
arrived in Ottawa. The university’s student federation objected to her even
appearing on campus, going so far as to ban posters advertising her speaking
The University of Ottawa also sent Coulter a directive of sorts, urging her
to weigh her words with “respect and civility in mind” in order to avoid
potential criminal charges linked to hate speech.
“Our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of
expression (or ‘free speech’) in a manner that is somewhat different than the
approach taken in the United States,” Francois Houle, vice-president academic
and provost of the University of Ottawa, wrote in an e-mail. “I therefore
encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in
Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.”
Coulter discussed the note during the first of three university-speaking
events at the University of Western Ontario in London Monday night, where about
800 people gathered.
She has since suggested she may file her own complaint with Canada’s Human
Rights Commission to allege hate speech.
That move and the contents of Monday’s talk — which included Coulter telling
a Muslim student she “take a camel” as an alternative to flying — grabbed
headlines on both sides of the border Tuesday.
Coulter made the camel quip when pressed on a question asked by UWO student
Fatima Al-Dhaher, who was referencing a previous quote made to the media that
Muslims shouldn’t be allowed on airplanes and should take "flying carpets"
instead. Al-Dhaher had noted she didn’t own a flying carpet, and asked what
Coulter suggested she do instead.
But Coulter defended herself on CTV’s Power Play Tuesday, saying each comment
was taken out of context. The carpet statement, she said, was made in relation
to racial profiling done by transport authorities after 9/11.
“I was giving a serious answer and they start heckling me, ‘Answer the
question! Answer the question!,’ Coulter said. “The answer to the question of
explaining a joke is another joke.
“It’s not so much a joke, it’s satire, because there is a political point
behind my saying that they could take flying carpets,” Coulter added, suggesting
it was the “silliness” of “political correctness run amok.”
The exchange no doubt contributed to the large turnout for Tuesday’s event.
“No more racists on our campus!” shouted the anti-Coulter crowd.
“No more commies on our campus!” shouted the pro-Coulter group.
In the end, of course, nobody got to hear what the woman had to say.
Coulter is scheduled to make her final speech in Canada at the University of
Calgary on Thursday.
Mark Steyn writes:
that famous Canadian hospitality. One François Houle, Provost of
the University of Ottawa, writes to warn a forthcoming visitor to the campus, Miss Ann
Coulter, that Canadians enjoy only the right to government-regulated
"free speech" and that therefore she may be liable to criminal
Dear Ms. Coulter,
I understand that you have been invited by
University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of
Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to
welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute
positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a
great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of
expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a
fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and
I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that
our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of
expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different
than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you
to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and
to do so before your planned visit here. You will realize that Canadian
law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example,
promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be
considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.
Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit
freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you
are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our
campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind. There is a
strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint,
respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and
controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition
while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what
may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of
expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion,
but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.
hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.
François Houle Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic
and Provost Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa 550, rue
Cumberland Street Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5 téléphone / telephone : 613
562-5737 télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103
What a sad and embarrassing letter, even by the standards of the
Canadian academy. Does M Houle write to all University of Ottawa
speakers like this? Or does he reserve his telekinetic powers to detect
"pre-crime" only for the ideologically suspect?
I've no idea what Ann Coulter's reaction to this letter is, but I
suspect it's "Go ahead, Princess Fairy Pants, make my day." M Houle
would have a very hard time persuading the Ottawa police or the RCMP to
lay criminal charges over an Ann Coulter speech because they realize,
even if he doesn't, that Canada doesn't need to become even more of an
international laughingstock in this area. More likely is a complaint to
the Canadian and/or Ontario "Human Rights" Commissions. But you know
something? I don't get the feeling they'd be eager to re-ignite the free
speech wars on a nuclear scale. Think of Ezra's and my appearance in
the House of Commons, and then imagine the scene when Miss Coulter
testifies. So the threat is an empty one and M Houle seems to be being –
oh, what's the "respectful and civil" way of putting it? – a posturing
This is the pitiful state one of the oldest free societies on the
planet has been reduced to, and this is why our free speech campaign
matters – because those who preside over what should be arenas of honest
debate and open inquiry instead wish to imprison public discourse
within ever narrower bounds - and in this case aren't above threatening
legal action against those who dissent from the orthodoxies. Lots of
Americans loathe Ann Coulter but it takes a Canadian like François Houle
to criminalize her. The strictures he attempts to place around her,
despite his appeal to "Canadian law", are at odds with the eight
centuries of Canada's legal inheritance. Canadians should point that out
to him politely, and explain that, although he lives high off the hog
courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer, he does not speak for them.
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