FREE­DOM THREAT

Ottawa Sun - - COMMENT -

The free­dom to ex­press non­vi­o­lent opin­ions in a pub­lic speak­ing event is a right that too many Cana­di­ans want to sur­ren­der — un­til it af­fects them.

In or­der to ac­com­plish this, they use mass in­tim­i­da­tion tac­tics, or even vi­o­lence.

This cre­ates a “safety” is­sue, which gives uni­ver­si­ties, for ex­am­ple, a con­ve­nient ex­cuse to can­cel a speak­ing event, thereby re­ward­ing the in­tim­ida­tors by giv­ing them what they want.

In other words, threat­en­ing chaos and vi­o­lence will get re­sults.

It is my hope that fu­ture gov­ern­ments of Canada will work to bring back free­dom of speech to our al­legedly demo­cratic coun­try, and that they will do this by pro­vid­ing uni­ver­si­ties or any other pub­lic lo­cales with as many se­cu­rity and law en­force­ment staff as it takes, to en­able pub­lic speak­ing events to pro­ceed.

How much free speech are you will­ing to sur­ren­der be­fore you say, “Stop!?” JEFF FEENSTRA

KEMPTVILLE (Us at the Sun? None.)

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