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Scheer won support for criticizing universities banning speakers; now he supports them doing so

19 Aug

Like every other Tory leader, he’s been Ottawashed

OTTAWA — After controversial events were cancelled at two Toronto campuses this week, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says universities have the right to determine which “outside groups” they give platforms to.

In an interview Friday, the National Post asked Scheer to clarify a policy idea floated during his leadership campaign: to make federal grant money for universities dependent on fostering a culture of freedom of speech on campus.

“I respect the right for universities to determine which outside groups they give a platform to. And so that’s within their purview,” Scheer told the Post.

After Scheer narrowly won the Conservative mantle at the end of May, insiders from his campaign cited the policy as a reason he gained late traction in the race.

Prompting Scheer to propose the policy were apparent infringements on conservative voices being heard on campuses, an issue near and dear to his base.

A pro-life event had been cancelled at Wilfrid Laurier University. Pro-Israel articles were being barred from a McGill University student paper. Protests were engulfing University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson over his controversial views on gender pronouns.

Scheer said little about the policy after becoming party leader, with parliament rising for the summer and his office still working on hiring staff after an exodus that followed former interim leader Rona Ambrose.

But recent events have prompted new questions.

This week, the University of Toronto said it would not open space on its campus for an event hosted by the Canadian Nationalist Party, which is not a registered political party. According to the white nationalist group, a rally was being planned on campus grounds for Sept. 14 but is being cancelled due to “risk of violence and vandalism.”

A counter-rally planned for the same day, called the Unity Rally to Silence White Supremacy in Toronto, had well over 5,000 attendees listed as of Friday. It noted in a Facebook event description “we will absolutely be moving forward” even though the nationalist event was being barred by the university.

Pathetic. Proving once again that Tory leaders have no fixed principles…

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8 Comments

Posted by on August 19, 2017 in Canada, The Kulturkampf

 

8 responses to “Scheer won support for criticizing universities banning speakers; now he supports them doing so

  1. Thomas Henderson

    August 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Liberalism is the ideology – dare say idiocy – of technocracy. Modern secular management principles writ large.

    Technocracy is touted as the only game in town even though it is soul-sucking, effete, nihilistic, ubiquitous, and invasive. Managers have to manage and it is always easier to manage compliant zombies indoctrinated with fragmented identities and group think.

    A century ago, most businesses were privately owned, universities were self-supporting, families were led by fathers, churches by clergy, and volunteer organizations ran charities. If something needed to be done it was done, often with the minimum of fuss and fanfare. People were given the duty and responsibility to oversee their own lives.

    Along the way bureaucracy has advanced relentlessly, sometimes hurried by the contingencies of war. Bureaucracy, however, when left unchecked, is self-selecting, self-serving, and self-aggrandizing. It swallows everything.

    Traditional conservatism, by its very nature, is about providing a check on the run-away tyranny of bureaucracy. It is a pragmatic philosophical approach that values order and decency and the promotion of duty and responsibility. While it sees authority as top down, the exercise of such is to be diffused through various proxies below. Counter-intuitive to the babble of the talking heads among us, it really is the only path to greater freedom and empowerment of the person.

    As mentioned a thousand times before by those who think about these things, the problem with conservatism is that it has failed to conserve anything.

    Since Trudeau the Younger is the darling of the Laurentian Consensus and its technocratic minions, the country is not well served by an opposition ill-adept to give the electorate an alternative. Scheer doesn’t appear ready or willing to press the reset button. Too bad, because this country could be a real beacon in the world and a conduit out of the current morass if given the right leadership.

     
    • Will S.

      August 19, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Hear, hear! Agree completely.

       
  2. Dirtnapninja

    August 19, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I dont even bother voting. There is no one worth voting for.

     
    • Will S.

      August 19, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Me neither. Haven’t voted federally since 2000.

       
  3. Thomas Henderson

    August 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Short version, Scheer needs to grow a set.

     
    • Will S.

      August 19, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Exactly. Alas, he won’t…

       

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