Sunday, 21 March 2010

Université d'Ottawa's François Houle Threatens Ann Coulter with criminal charges

Read between the lines of this gem.

“Dear Ms. Coulter,
I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus.

SMW: Zut alors! I cannot believe the Conservatives got her to come. I never thought this plan would work.
We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States.
SMW: Canadians are so much better than their intellectual inferiors aux Etats-Unis. I hate George Bush. Both of them.
I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.
SMW: You see Ann we only love the idea of free speech. Speech is free unless we disagree with it. We especially dislike white women who have the nerve, or as we say in French, 'l'audacité' to say anything that might offend anyone who is not white and Christian.
You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.
SMW: Oh wait, did you saw Jews??? We don't care what you say about them. Too bad you missed Israeli Apartheid Week. Be sure to come back for that one next year.
Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind.
SMW: Please stop by my office before your speech so I can duct tape your mouth.
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. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.
SMW: Like all great totalitarian regimes, here at l'Université d'Ottawa we believe censorship is the way of the future.
I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.

SMW: Hopefully next time you try to cross the border into this country you will be stopped at the border. Enjoy it while you can Ann.
Sincerely,
François Houle.”

A**hole in residence is right.

SMW wants to know what kind of letter the organizers of Israeli Apartheid Week got????