“The university is broken. It’s petty. It’s corrupt, intellectually corrupt. It’s a breeding ground now for authoritarians.”
So begins Professor Bruce Pardy’s presentation to the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship’s 2019 AGM.
His talk on the attempts by the Ontario government, led by Doug Ford, to curtail abuses of academic free speech focuses on the recent actions by some universities against some conservative speakers restricting their access to campus after protests by radical and sometimes violent Leftists.
Prof. Pardy’s thesis is that while the Conservative government’s attempt to prevent such biased restrictions is welcome it will not succeed due to the current state of the law in Ontario in the context of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“If you want to change the law or influence you gotta change the culture.”
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