Political leaders call for “Quebec bashing” from UOttawa instructor to end

March 25, 2021
Leaders of the Parti Québécois, Bloc Québécois, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are responding to the comments posted on social media by University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran. “It’s been going on for five months,” said PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon in the Montreal Gazette . “We are not dealing anymore with freedom of expression now. We’re dealing with heinous and discriminatory speech.” Times Colonist says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier François Legault have called for the comments to stop, and Legault has called for the university to condemn the comments. While the university has reportedly distanced itself from the comments, UOttawa President Jacques Frémont wrote that “freedom of expression ... is not a buffet where one can pick and choose what kind of speech is deemed acceptable or not.” Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet has called for UOttawa students to reconsider their studies if they are exposed to “Quebec-bashing” from Attaran. Montreal Gazette | Times Colonist (CP) | Journal de Montréal (QC)