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Coulter Merits Apology, Canada Teachers Say

Friday, 26 March 2010 08:45 AM

OTTAWA - University of Ottawa provost Francois Houle should apologize to American pundit Ann Coulter, says Canada's main university teachers' organization.

"We feel you [Houle] owe an apology to Ms. Coulter and, even more importantly, you owe the University of Ottawa community an assurance that the administration of the university strongly supports freedom of expression, academic freedom and views the role of the university as fostering and defending these values," officials with the Canadian Association of University Teachers said this week in a letter to Mr. Houle.

Meanwhiule, last night about 40 protesters stood gathered outside the entrance to the Red and White Club at Calgary's McMahon Stadium waving homemade signs and chanting "Ann Coulter go home" and "free speech not hate speech," while about 900 students and ticketholders filed in quietly and orderly. Just a handful of police officers and security guards stood watch, silently.

Ms. Coulter, an often controversial commentator, cancelled a speaking engagement at the University of Ottawa earlier this week because of a mob of shouting students denouncing her presence. But even before she spoke Mr. Houle took it upon himself to write the best-selling author a letter warning her against violating Canada's hate-speech laws. Ms. Coulter was set to speak in Calgary last night.

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