Alberta and Ontario premiers' campus free-speech policies a 'dog-whistle blow' for the right: expert - 2019-05-06
CALGARY—Alberta Premier Jason Kenney intends to follow Ontario in asking the province's universities and colleges to conform to free-speech guidelines, but freedom of expression experts say the move is mostly about optics among a right-leaning base.
The post-secondary education section of the United Conservative Party platform says the government will require the province's universities and colleges to "develop, post and comply with free speech policies that conform to the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression."
Often called the "Chicago principles," the statement is the result of a university committee assembled in 2014 to state the school's commitment to freedom of expression. The short report says, "It is not the proper role of the university to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."