uOttawa president talked out of inviting Coulter back, documents show

June 29, 2010

According to documents obtained by the Canadian Press, University of Ottawa president Allan Rock wanted to invite right-wing American commentator Ann Coulter back to campus after a scheduled speech in March was cancelled, but his advisers talked him out of it, warning that Coulter's appearance would only result in another media circus. The documents show Rock had advised uOttawa's provost to write to Coulter asking her to respect Canadian speech laws during her visit. uOttawa initially considered whether there was any valid reason to cancel the talk, and quickly determined there was none, the released material reveals. During the controversy, Rock was advised to stay under the media radar. Rock told uOttawa's senate in April he used "intemperate language" with colleagues to describe Coulter, about whom he said he knew little before researching online, and acknowledged that the provost's letter could be seen as having a chilling effect on free speech. Canadian Press