Conservatives' on-campus flyers maligning 'left-wing' professors anger academics, faculty representatives - 2019-09-12
University campuses have become a site of political conflict in recent years. Controversies have tended to focus on whether speech on campus is truly free or stifled by a culture of political correctness.
The Ontario government last year mandated that all universities and colleges must publish statements guaranteeing free speech. More recently, the Doug Ford government has required universities make a large portion of ancillary student fees voluntary, which student unions, threatened by a drop in funding, have described as an attempt to silence political opposition.
James Turk, director of the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University in Toronto, said it was Mr. Scheer who first introduced the campus free speech debate to the mainstream of Canadian politics during his run for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Mr. Scheer said at the time that federal funding for universities should be cut if universities fail to protect free speech. It was a policy that had proved popular in U.S. Republican circles.