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March 24, 2010

Fascist Canada

Mob rule in Ottawa as leftist thugs used violence, intimidation and the threat of anarchy to prevent Ann Coulter from speaking at a local, bush league university.

That which does not kill you makes Ann Coulter's point.

From Yvette writing in the comments to the Ottawa Sun's waffling, anemic reportage.

Ottawa U apparatchik Francois Houle writes to Coulter:

"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"

We now understand that "restraint, respect, and consideration" is politically-correct newspeak for "thuggish and disruptive mob agitation".

"Bush league" doesn't even begin to cover it.

We're looking at a school which is in the process of collapsing into a sinkhole of anti-intellectual anarchy.

A kindergarten for the establishment of a Canadian Khmer Rouge.

Invaluable link round ups and comment at Blazing Cat Fur and Five Feet of Fury (and especially to a Q&A session after Ann Coulter's speech at the University of Western Ontario).

Exit question assertion: If the police will not defend conservative voices against the mob, it is only a matter of time before conservative voices arm themselves against the mob. And the police. Once again, this is a prediction, not a prescription. Far better by far would be for the police to defend everyone's right to peaceable assembly.

Also: Mr. Harper, it is time for you to do your damn job, not to mention your duty. You allowed this to happen. I don't blame the mob for being a mob; they are violent retards acting out a violent, retarded fantasy. You know better, Mr. Harper. With your education, you could probably name better precedents for the problem than I could.

I blame you.

And: Michael Coren with Ann Coulter. In which Michael Coren meets his match. Particularly charming: Coren is labouring under the illusion Canada has a "conservative government."

Oh yes: Ann Coulter.

"This has never, ever, ever happened before -- even at the stupidest American university," she said.
...
"Since I've arrived in Canada, I've been denounced on the floor of Parliament -- which, by the way, is on my bucket list -- my posters have been banned, I've been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!"
...
"I'm pretty sure little Fran├žois 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 burqa. That will protect me."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 24, 2010 11:05 AM

Comments

Here's the question. I've seen multiple accounts of how many people were actually there, so was this a matter of mob rule, or a matter of the police simply deciding to shut the thing down without sufficient cause (like they figured they were going to do that going in)? It sure doesn't sound like they had many cops there.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 24, 2010 12:59 PM

An excellent question. I believe Jay Currie has the answer:

http://jaycurrie.info-syn.com/irresponsible-journalism-against-the-public-interest/

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 24, 2010 02:18 PM

So, following the links, it sure sounds like the cops at the very least, and possibly with coordination with...the campus authorities?...took a dive. It's a bit much to say that even a few dozen loud demonstrators shut an event down unless you've got the most incompetent, lazy police force on the planet. At that point, free speech means nothing and the cops are just some guys in uniform collecting a pay check. I REALLY hope the truth on it comes out.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 24, 2010 09:34 PM

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