AB proposes ON-style free speech policy 

May 7, 2019

The Canadian Presshas learned that Alberta’s provincial government is set to adopt free-speech policies that will require universities to allow controversial speakers on campus, even if they espouse “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive” opinions. The move recalls the Ontario government’s free speech policy, which imposes a financial penalty on non-compliant institutions, adds CP. Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides did not say if financial penalties would be part of the Alberta government’s plan. According to the CP, both provinces’ policies are modeled after the Chicago principles, standards developed at the University of Chicago in 2014 to reflect the university’s commitment to free speech in the US. Edmonton Journal (CP) (AB)