Why experts say Kenney's critique of a Calgary professor is a strike against academic freedom - 2019-11-26
CALGARY—After a University of Calgary professor's credibility was questioned by the premier Monday on the floor of the Alberta legislature, some reacted with worry about the effect it could have on academic freedom.
During a Monday afternoon session of the legislature, Premier Jason Kenney dismissed criticism of his government made by University of Calgary political scientist Melanee Thomas on the dismissal of Alberta's Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson, who was actively investigating members of the United Conservative Party.
NDP Opposition leader Rachel Notley had quoted Thomas saying that Kenney is "using the power of the state to silence an independent body and this is corrupt." Kenney's response was to question whether Thomas should be considered an objective source since she ran as an NDP candidate in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections.