“Universities are supposed to be a place where we exchange ideas and have respectful and responsible debate. We will ensure publicly funded universities defend free speech for everybody,” says Ford.
In a move that will please the many people concerned about the erosion of free expression, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford says he will defend free speech at public universities.
Here’s what Ford said on Twitter:
“Universities are supposed to be a place where we exchange ideas and have respectful and responsible debate. We will ensure publicly funded universities defend free speech for everybody.”
In remarks Ford added, “But we have to remember that free speech is not an invitation to be reckless or hurtful and it all comes down to respect.”
There has been a dramatic increase in far-left groups using threats of violence to silence opposing views on Canadian campuses, and it’s good to see a leader push back against those extremist attitudes.
Ford also made additional announcements related to education, pledging to scrap Kathleen Wynne’s divisive sex-ed curriculum, and get back to teaching methods that actually work:
“We’re also going to respect parents. That’s why we will scrap Kathleen Wynne’s ideological sex-ed curriculum and replace it with one that is age-appropriate, and only after real consultation with parents occurs.”
“People in Ontario want a brighter future for their kids. Here our kids are failing their tests, but the Ontario PCs are going to change that by getting back to the basics. We are going to scrap discovery math, and replace it with proven methods of teaching.”
The core idea behind what Ford is proposing is to get things working the way they’re supposed to. It’s a no-brainer that parents should be consulted, it’s a no-brainer that teaching methods should be based on what works, and it’s a no-brainer that universities should be places of free speech rather than ideological conformity.
The fact that Ontario needs to get back to that, instead of already being there, shows how far-left Wynne has taken the province, and it will take a Ford government to bring things back into balance.
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