Ann Coulter files hate speech claim against Canadian university

Her best quality: not needing to be loved by her enemies

From Mark Steyn in the National Post.

Here’s the letter they sent to Ann:

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 Freedom
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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.
I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.

Sincerely,

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 will a beautiful, delicate flower like Ann Coulter do?

Vancouver Sun reports.

Excerpt:

Speaking to students and academics at the University of Western Ontario Monday, Coulter said the e-mail sent to her Friday by Francois Houle, vice-president academic and provost of the University of Ottawa, targeted her as a member of an identifiable group and as such, she will be filing a complaint with the Human Rights Commission alleging hate speech.

“I’m sure the Human Rights Commission will get to the bottom of it,” Coulter said to loud cheers from the 800-strong audience. “I think I’m the victim of a hate crime here. Either what (Mr. Houle) did was a hate crime, or the whole commission is BS.”

Fascists, look out!

UPDATE:

Blazing Cat Fur reports that the fascists at the University of Ottawa have canceled Ann’s speech!

8 thoughts on “Ann Coulter files hate speech claim against Canadian university”

  1. As always, you’ve presented only one side of this story. Coulter’s talk at the UWO justified the U of O’s letter with her hateful, bigoted and racist words.

    From M. Houle’s letter:
    >For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.

    Coulter’s words:
    >Coulter has said all terrorists are Muslims and has suggested all Muslims be barred from airlines and use flying carpets.

    When the student said she didn’t have flying carpet, Coulter told her to “take a camel.”

    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2010/03/23/ottawa-coulter-speech.html#ixzz0j3ksgCMx

    I’m glad that the U of O’s students exercised their right to protest the presence of this foul individual.

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    1. This commenter is so naïve! Do you really think if controversial leftist Michael Moor spoke he would have been shut down? No, despite his controversial words in the past he would have respectfully been allowed to speak, although many would disagree.

      Ann Coulter may speak controversially with many disagreeing with her and many being offended, but this is NOT hate speech. The whole point of free speech is to allow someone to speak when you don’t agree with them. Free speech is worthless if you only let those who agree with you speak freely.

      This whole incident highlights just how little we (I say we, because I am a Canadian) understand our constitutionally protected Canadian value of free speech.

      Regarding the last comment “I’m glad that the U of O’s students exercised their right to protest the presence of this foul individual”, I was at Ottawa U last night. The line up to get in was huge and went all the way around the block. From what I could see there were about 2,000 people wanting to get in to hear Ann Coulter, and I estimated about 25 protestors. So in their favour, U of O’s students were definitely wanting to support Ann Coulters ability to exercise her free speech after the university’s attempt to censor her. It was a small vocal minority, as usual, who did not show respect. As I stood in line this small minority were yelling to the crowd of 2,000 things like “go home racists”, not even knowing who we were. It’s pretty clear who the “haters” were. But the real irony is that it is only because of the Canadian value of free speech that they were allowed to be there to exercise their free speech in this manner!

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  2. Ann Coulter is awesome. I absolutely love watching the liberals heads spin around whenever she speaks.

    Wgbutler777

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  3. I watched the videos of her on Coren and people just overreact. Seriously. All she does is make grand analogies which people take as offensive, but she’s not wrong. She uses sarcasm too. Liberals don’t seem to have a firm grasp on the concept of sarcasm and satire. She’s like a conservative Christian version of Christopher Hitchens.

    Much more attractive than Hitchens too, I might add.

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