Mandatory free speech

Ontario government’s free speech policy for schools a good first step. This should be the easiest law ever to obey since it should be happening automatically and already.

Call it another promise made, promise kept by the Ford government. Although it’s sad the promise ever had to be made.

I’m talking about the pledge to have every university and college across the province adopt a free speech policy by Jan. 1, 2019.

“Colleges and universities should be places where students exchange different ideas and opinions in open and respectful debate,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in August when he gave the schools the deadline.

The premier is right, that is what colleges and universities should be, unfortunately too many have been willing to shut out ideas they don’t like. Mostly conservative ones.

So far the schools, all 20 publicly funded universities and 24 colleges, appear to be on track for meeting the deadline.

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