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March 23, 2010

The Tolerant Left

See? You can yell "fire" in a crowded theatre after all!

Via Rightgirl - "...word is coming out of Ottawa that the Coulter event had to be canceled because volunteers were attacked by "anti-racists".

Details at the Ottawa Sun. Update: It's just hit Drudge, making this in all probability, the biggest publicity coup of Ann Coulter's career.

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Congratulations, Ottawa! She couldn't have done it without you.

Posted by Kate at March 23, 2010 8:39 PM
Comments

Via my cell phone, 2000 protesters (some violent) made security on campus impossible. Event canceled.

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 8:36 PM

This is the time when the old west chivalry was effective. You want to protest? Bang!! Next?

Posted by: Smitherenzes at March 23, 2010 8:38 PM

They have the right to protest - they don't have the right to attack volunteers.

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 8:40 PM

From the comments over at mine: http://girlontheright.com/2010/03/22/coulter-over-canada/#comment-9554

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 8:55 PM

Read some of the SUN comments.
Is "maryame" the SDA poster new?
Very similar logic and sentence structure, or lack of same.

And why are we hearing about violent protesters, yet no reports yet of arrests? Ottawa Police, you've got some 'splaining to do.

Posted by: Al the frozen fish in Manitoba at March 23, 2010 9:00 PM

Francois A. Hoole can claim "victory".

The speaking engagement didn't go off.

I wonder if he poo-pooed his knickers if Anne's complaint went in and Jenny-poo called to "counsel" him in the error exposing the HRC to further exposure.

Posted by: Curious at March 23, 2010 9:08 PM

Instructions to 'brush up on the limits of speech," bans on posters and eventually a canceled event due to security concerns.

What, no book burning? The university needs to step up if it wants to be taken seriously as a fascist jackboot.

Posted by: chip at March 23, 2010 9:13 PM

Free speech here: no shout fire. Ugh, Kemo Sabay.
...-

"Parties sign FNUniv memorandum of understanding, funds to flow through U of R Regina Leader-Post"

"Canada's only aboriginal-run university has been thrown a lifeline by the Saskatchewan government just one week ..."

(H/T Googoonews. Banned in China.)

Posted by: maz2 at March 23, 2010 9:16 PM

What.

A.

Lawsuit.

Breach of contract, loss of income. $$$$$$

Heh.

This is "our" "Barney doll." We will NEVER let them forget this one.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at March 23, 2010 9:20 PM

Check Drudge, left column

FLASH: Ann Coulter Ottawa speech shut down... 2000 protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks -- pulled fire alarm in building. Cops shut it down! Blogs calling for Coulter to be hurt. MPs were banned from going, Coulter denounced by an MP in the Parliement.

Fears of violence...

UPDATE: Coulter launches Human Rights complaint at Canadian University...

Posted by: WalterF at March 23, 2010 9:20 PM

"UPDATE: Coulter launches Human Rights complaint at Canadian University..."


GOOD!

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 23, 2010 9:21 PM

Well if the leftard fascist jackboots wanted to increase sales of Coulter's book, they couldn't have found a better way to do it.

I guess you have to be stupid, ignorant and self-defeating to be a leftard.

Posted by: Jason at March 23, 2010 9:23 PM

That would be right column. Can't imagine Coulter being on the left! :)

Posted by: WalterF at March 23, 2010 9:25 PM

OT: Here's an abortion poll that needs some help:

http://www.cbc.ca/politics/insidepolitics/2010/03/question-of-the-day-74.html

Posted by: Miles1996 at March 23, 2010 9:29 PM

Houle needs to take responsibility (ie resign) for failing to control his criminal hooligans.

Posted by: WalterF at March 23, 2010 9:31 PM

We're going about this right to free speech thing the wrong way.

How would it be possible for these anti-western,radical,anti-free speech leftards be able to shut down Ann Coulters (or our) right to free speech,if we're SMASHING their faces in?

They won't have time to protest our right to free speech because they'll be too busy trying to pick up their teeth off the ground!

Posted by: Mr.g at March 23, 2010 9:32 PM

Shall we ever see the end of the days of mob-rule? That is what it is about, and it has become the standard M.O. of the Left.

Posted by: Alain at March 23, 2010 9:35 PM

Latest: Coulter taken to US Embassy in Ottawa for protection.

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 9:35 PM

I am embarassed to be a Canadian right now, and I'm really tempted to stand up and say so on Thursday when I go to Calgary. With any luck, that venue will NOT be shut down by violent little you-know-what's who claim to be all about free speech.

Posted by: Irene at March 23, 2010 9:36 PM

The ayatollahs have spoken and the pinheads responded.

Posted by: MadMacs of Bytown at March 23, 2010 9:40 PM

I saw a Craig Chandler about an hour ago on CBC. He was being interviewed by one Mark Kelley. At first so critical of Ann Coulter was Chandler, I made the mistake of thinking he was one of the bright sparks involved in the shut down.

No, he is in fact a conservative from Calgary. I believe involved in bringing Ann there. What he was trying to do was to deflect any anger by criticising Ann and saying she does make stupid statements.

He recovered some integrity if one could call it that, but saying the usual mantra about free speech. You do not have to listen or attend etc. Then he put in a caveat, how clever, he then stated about four points Ann can speak on. One was the way of Obama economy, another about immigration and so on. Points that are indeed debatable.

The leftists can back almost anyone into a corner, such is the power of political correctness. Honest, at first I thought the man was an Ann basher. I caught the old CBC sneer in this man Kelley's voice.
That old CBC with it's Obama gooey eyed women.

Posted by: Peter (Lock City) at March 23, 2010 9:41 PM

I really wish Ann had a Vancouver date, because you can bet I would be there. I actually seriously considered traveling to Calgary for her engagement there -- alas time and family constraints prevent me from even a quick overnight trip.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at March 23, 2010 9:43 PM

The Ottawa Sun doesn't say 2,000 protesters, but 2,000 turned up for Coulter's speech! This was more than the hall could admit.

CP news says that these were protesters. I frankly very much doubt that 2,000 showed up to protest. The reason I doubt this is because CP News is leftist, and the details in its report are focused against Coulter - eg, saying that she uses 'incendiary language to sell her books'.

Posted by: ET at March 23, 2010 9:44 PM

Absolutely appalling. Words fail.

I guess now's the time for the - inevitable - moderate conservative/libertarian commenter to show up and comprehensively miss the point by saying some variant of: "I absolutely believe that she should be allowed to speak, of course - let me be clear about that - but I don't like Anne Coulter..."

Posted by: EBD at March 23, 2010 9:46 PM

Whats the opposite of diversity?

Posted by: OMMAG at March 23, 2010 9:46 PM

The Citizen is reporting a few hundred protestors. It is the usual game of crowd estimating.

Posted by: Martin at March 23, 2010 9:48 PM

Well the Olympics protestors needed something to do....next!

Posted by: Soccermom at March 23, 2010 9:50 PM

Martin and ET, seems like you may be right about number of protesters. For a while the crowd blended, and nobody knew who was with whom.

RG

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 9:50 PM

Although the left does not have a monopoly on hate, nobody can hate or be as vicious as a leftist.

Posted by: Brent Weston at March 23, 2010 9:52 PM

Yes EBD @ 9:46....I've been reading that all day..."Ann Coulter, don't like her, but I defend her right to say what she wants".

Well, I like her. No apologies.

Posted by: Soccermom at March 23, 2010 9:52 PM

When was the last time people on the right in Canada or the US did not allow someone to speak?

Posted by: Fritz at March 23, 2010 9:54 PM

Just got home, tuned into CP24 (local Toronto news) and got half the story. No mention of the rocks or anything. Just the news anchor and reporter talking about Coulter's remarks the previous night, with the news anchor wrapping up the interview by saying to the reporter on the street, "you have to wonder if she [Coulter] actually beilives what she says", followed by a chuckle.

Thank god for blogs and citizen journalists. I'll have to tune in to The National and CTV News with Robertson at the top of the hour to watch -- or not watch as the case may be -- more omissions.

Posted by: jon at March 23, 2010 9:55 PM

We must get a facebook page, demanding the resignation of the letter writer.

Posted by: MaryT at March 23, 2010 9:55 PM

Last spring Tamil demonstrators tied up Ottawa streets for several days, while the police stood and watched. Tonight they shut down a speaking engagement by one lone white woman.
Citizen reports 9 polce cars present and about 200 demonstrators outside the hall, So 200 or 2000 which is it?, only a difference of 10x.

Posted by: Martin at March 23, 2010 10:00 PM

ET: The Ottawa Sun doesn't say 2,000 protesters, but 2,000 turned up for Coulter's speech! This was more than the hall could admit.

Quite right - the crowd was certainly larger than the hall could admit, but only a small percentage that I saw could be categorized as protesters. The majority were either supporters or the curious who came to see what the fuss was about.

Posted by: Kevin Jaeger at March 23, 2010 10:13 PM

I was at the event tonight. It was kind of sad. I guess we have "freedom of speech-ish". I never got inside but I can say I didn't really see anything that wild outside.

I was in a lineup from 7:10 pm onward waiting to get in. I was never much more then 100 feet from the front of the building. There were two long lines to get in. One for those of us that registered and one for walkups (which was looonngggg).

I didn't see any sticks or rocks. Around 7:20 a group of maybe 30 protesters showed up with a chant. There were some sympathetic voices lined up in the walk up line. I don't know if they were "protesters" or not.

There was chants about no more racism or islamophobia. There were some strong chants back from the crowd lined up for free speech.

Sometime 10 or 15 minutes later the fire department showed up. Some poor lone security guard announced that the fire alarm had gone off and tried to get the lineups to back up. He wasn't very successful. 10 minutes later the firetrucks were gone.

Shortly after 8 the police showed up with campus security to announce the event was canceled, and to clear the front entrance area so the people inside could leave.

The only thing I know about the events inside was overhead from a student who left after it was canceled. He was interviewed by a CBC reporter. I don't know if this any of this is true but the student said (from memory)

"that the hall was only half full when the fire alarm had gone off. At some point student protesters inside had knocked down a table across a doorway acting as a barricade. Campus security had to physically block the doorway to keep the protesters out."

It didn't sound like there was many protesters inside. Outside there was maybe 50 people gathered after the event had been canceled. It was was fairly tame when I left around 8:30. I was standing right behind where the outside photo was taken in this post http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/013624.html#more

Posted by: P at March 23, 2010 10:13 PM

Two tier justice?

Terroists hiding behind a cloak of native rights take Caledonia hostage...and even after a court order the government of Ontario intervienes and obstructs justice from being done.
A highway in Toronto is shutdown by terrorist sympathisers (sp?) and the police again get tehir marching orders from politicians and our betters to do nothing but wait.
A lone white woman invited to speak at a university is shut down because it might "be dangerous".
The realization is that our government and education adminstrators have become the useful idiots of the coalition of nancyboys, busybodies and killjoys who base their actions on fashionable and transient reasons.

Posted by: gimbol at March 23, 2010 10:16 PM

I hope Calgary shows Canada how it's done! Get some cowboys with horses to protect Ann. If Ann is only shut down in Ottawa, than it will be proof that Houle actually incited violence with his email. He should be taken before the Ontario and CHRC to prove that he didn't incite students on purpose. If the CHRC/OHRC do not prosecute, it will be a loud message to all Canadians to FIRE.THEM.ALL

Posted by: Hunter at March 23, 2010 10:28 PM

I guess I just missed a few SDA commenters there tonight. I should have known.

Posted by: Kevin Jaeger at March 23, 2010 10:29 PM

Having a jolly little caption contest over at GOTR. Couldn't resist.
http://girlontheright.com/2010/03/23/coulter-speech-shut-down-by-anti-racists/

Posted by: RightGirl at March 23, 2010 10:32 PM

I was there. I front of me in line were two UofO professors, ladies, with their charges in tow. I wonder if the parents of these Blackberry laden students know that their children are being taught the art of radical revolutionary demonstration by UofO profs.

Posted by: M. Nangap at March 23, 2010 10:36 PM

That's an interesting bit of news, Nangap. Are you saying the profs were leading or inciting those who disrupted the event?

Or were they just yelling some stupidities, which is sadly expected from many of the faculties in a modern university?

Posted by: Kevin Jaeger at March 23, 2010 10:40 PM

I guess now's the time for the - inevitable - moderate conservative/libertarian commenter to show up and comprehensively miss the point by saying some variant of: "I absolutely believe that she should be allowed to speak, of course - let me be clear about that - but I don't like Anne Coulter..."

How prophetic!

Posted by: Brent Weston at March 23, 2010 10:47 PM

It is always an act of bravery for a freedom-fighter to stand up in the capital of a communist country.

Let that sink in, Canadians. You have been living in a voluntary communist country since about 1968.

However, now it's official, the police have chosen sides (and not for the first time if you look back at events).

We lost the universities and the media a long time ago. I have the impression that we have lost the Conservative Party as well. From 2001 to 2005 in opposition, they opposed the revolution's final stages. Then when they gained power, they presided over the consolidation phase.

Today, let nobody defend that record, because it is indefensible.

Posted by: Peter O'Donnell at March 23, 2010 11:33 PM

Time has come to take notice of the presiding constabulatory at these events- names, badge nos, detachments, etc. Never hurts to know who your (non)friends are!

Posted by: Snagglepuss at March 23, 2010 11:52 PM

Let us stop subsidising the leftard indoctrination factories beyond the useful faculties like medicine, engineering, chemistry, etc. Want your kid to go to Norko U for four or more years of the party line (wink), then pay the full fare yourself.

Posted by: Trappedintrudeaupia at March 23, 2010 11:54 PM

Peter O'Donnell, that is another one for you. Two for two. Good score tonight.

M. Nangap @ 10:36 said "I wonder if the parents of these Blackberry laden students know that their children are being taught the art of radical revolutionary demonstration by UofO profs."

This doesn't surprise me at all. My sister-in-law is an associate prof in an to be unnamed educational facility in the Hamilton area and could confirm that this is precisely what is taking place. Needless to say she keeps her mouth shut at work.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at March 24, 2010 12:01 AM

Since the talk was cancelled, I guess I will just have to buy her books to find out more about her views. In case anyone else is interested, you can find some of her books here:
http://tinyurl.com/y8nwcno or try http://abebooks.com.

Buy them before they are banned in Canada! I've just purchased a copy of Guilty. Good reviews of it here: http://tinyurl.com/yzfzono .

I think there should be a stampede to purchase her books as a protest against censorship -- and if you are in Ottawa, make sure to read them on the buses.


Posted by: LindaL at March 24, 2010 12:03 AM

Wow, the Ottawa Police are the bravest in the whole, wide world.

Posted by: Jay Currie at March 24, 2010 12:56 AM

To bad there hasn't a hot dog vendor outside selling without a license - the cops would have got a collar.

Posted by: ∞² at March 24, 2010 1:09 AM

There are so many excellent points made on this site and the comments section (now closed, of course) on the CTV news site I could spend the next two hours thanking people for their taking the time to defend unfiltered free speech by posting their thought provoking responses, perhaps even giving opponents a dose of truth to think about.

It is abundantly clear that free speech is in serious danger in Canada - worse danger than I ever imagined. As Peter O'Donnell pointed out,the police taking sides in our nations capital, Ottawa, effectively canceling Coulters speaking engagement time is indeed a very bad sign and one we can not ignore.

I was utterly disgusted that the writer of the CTV article mentioned that "Coulter who wore a short black dress to her speech" - it appears they have now changed the article and omitted that sentence.

This is one of my favourite comments from CTV from a B. Kelley in Ontario:I can't believe the number of posters who actually believe that we should launder everything that is said in this country to ensure that no one is ever offended or has their feelings hurt. Democracy was not only founded on the concept of free speech but the very continuation of it's existence depends on that right. An expressed opinion is seldom fatal to the person who disagrees with it. Few people have ever bled when subjected to a statement they didn't like. Coulter was not firing bullets, she was speaking words that you may or may not agree with but, in the end, they are nothing more than words. Have people not noticed that the countries in this world that suppress free speech are the same ones that breed radicals who commit acts of terrorism against innocent people? Have you not noticed that there is a direct correlation between the level of freedom in each country and the standard of living enjoyed by it's citizens? Suppression of free and open thought, debate, speech and opinions is the first giant step toward a state of fascism that should be shunned by all thinking people, no matter where they sit in the political spectrum.


Posted by: No-One at March 24, 2010 1:41 AM

What I find puzzling is why would CTV show a picture of a "monkey" headlining their internet story about the Ann Coulter incident.

Posted by: Horny Toad at March 24, 2010 2:04 AM

Both Ann & free speech won a bit today. Though anti-democratic forces thought to use it otherwise.
After this most Canadians now know what this Country faces.
Where the killing beast of humanity breeds at least.
JMO

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 24, 2010 2:13 AM

I defended Anne Coulter on CBC. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional.

She is great. I just do not agree with everything she says.

Craig B. Chandler

Posted by: Craig Chandler at March 24, 2010 2:29 AM

The RCMP is responsible for policing crime in Canada...Why are they not involved.. A Mob shuts down a UA event. The activities of a Mob are criminal activity.. end of story.

The US ambassador must demand a response, or Canada "must" be put on the do not visit list..

Posted by: Slap Shot at March 24, 2010 2:36 AM

'Yes EBD @ 9:46....I've been reading that all day..."Ann Coulter, don't like her, but I defend her right to say what she wants".

Well, I like her. No apologies.'

Me too, Soccermom.

Anne is brilliant and funny; she enjoys living and she is not afraid of the truth. What is not to love? She is as beautiful inside as she is outside.

Anne defends little people, the little people who are slaughtered before they are born - Anne Coulter speaks my language, she speaks with mega brain power, making her speeches music to my ears.

Thanks for all the links everyone. I hope that Anne sues the pants off the HRC.

Posted by: Jema 54 at March 24, 2010 4:39 AM

Yeah well, Ottawa seems like the ideal place for that monument to the victims of communism.

After all, they are basically living all around the damn thing.

Posted by: Peter O'Donnell at March 24, 2010 5:57 AM

Coulter is a Conservative and a Christian with a great sense of humour which simply isn't acceptable in the cesspools of Leftism flooding through the halls of higher learning.

We've all lost a great deal in this country with this Lefty creep, this event should be a big wake-up and call to arms before they take away all our freedoms.

Posted by: Liz J at March 24, 2010 7:50 AM

I was in the VIP seats at the London event. Ann's speech was funny and made exceptionally good points about the double standard for lefties and conservatives.

Her point, Ottawa just proved it. There also needs to be an HRC complaint for not allowing the posters to be posted in the University Center.

Posted by: Kyla at March 24, 2010 8:39 AM

How many incidents of violence have occurred during the gun owner rallies, such as the one where Bruce Montague burned his registration certificates?

Posted by: Aaron at March 24, 2010 9:12 AM

I laughed at this comment on the Ottawa Sun wbsite. QED.

i'd like to know where in the hell does this lady(opps sorry blode bimbo)get off saying that our university is a bush league school yet our school is one they best school's in the world for having dr. in there field get better jobs than the american's

Robert R, March 24th 2010, 9:44am

Posted by: murray at March 24, 2010 10:08 AM

You realize that there are US Marines behind those gates?

She's in fine hands. I put money the Marines would have loved to been at the door when it got rushed...

Posted by: Curious at March 24, 2010 11:00 AM

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Police Chief Vern White is being considered for the next commissioner of the RCMP. It is his men that were frightened off by a few loud student protesters.

Posted by: Martin at March 24, 2010 11:04 AM

I brought this to the attention of one of the locals....his response:

Well I guess we are gonna have to be a bit more active politically. Next time this sorta thing comes up locally, me and the lads will "counter protest"....wearing work boots.........

I realize this is not the image, we on the right side of things wish to project...but....it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.

My associate was obvious relishing an encounter between the farm boys and construction/welders with the callused hands and work boots against the metrosexual(girly boy lounge lizard)lefties.

As far as the US ambassador filing a protest---fugedaboudit----OBOZO is likely pleased with outcome.

Posted by: sasquatch at March 24, 2010 1:27 PM

As Mr. Biden might say Unf***ing beleivable

Posted by: Andy at March 24, 2010 1:35 PM

sasquatch, if you do this, just make a human wall and make sure your side has video of the inevitable spitting and throwing of stuff from the lamers.

Maybe also dress up silly so the creeps won't be able to characterize you as "intimidating steel toe-booted redneck oil workers that are killing the planet".

Posted by: PiperPaul at March 24, 2010 1:58 PM

Craig Chandler, you are a coward like John McCain. You only fight when you are attacking fellow conservatives. I remember your wimpy victory at the human rights commission. The HRC only prosecutes conservatives, as you well know. What did you do with the money you won from the person you accused in that kangaroo court?

Posted by: Jamie Fuller at March 24, 2010 3:02 PM

Jamie,

I have never won anything in the HRC? I have never received money either. I have never taken anyone to the HRC, I have only been taken there.

Sad that you are such a liar.

Craig B. Chandler

Posted by: Jamie Fuller at March 24, 2010 3:19 PM

On Craig Chandler.
My post yesterday at 9:41 pm. I know I had not got it wrong about Mr Chandler, even if I made the mistake of quickly thinking he was one of the protesters. I had just looked at the show at that point. The kow tow to the steely eyed, sneer voiced Kelley of CBC

I had mentioned gooey eyed CBC women shilling for Barack Obama. If I thought a little hard to back up, I got some help. I noticed a review on a publication by Rosemary Barton. It was mentioned that as a CBC observer she waited for hours in the cold to see a motor cade or such.

She was heard to scream "I saw him". This as Obama came near. The sad thing is our tax payers dollars being used thus blatently.

Ann rocks!

Posted by: Peter (Lock City) at March 24, 2010 3:28 PM

Murray wrote: "I laughed at this comment on the Ottawa Sun wbsite. QED.

{i'd like to know where in the hell does this lady(opps sorry blode bimbo)get off saying that our university is a bush league school yet our school is one they best school's in the world for having dr. in there field get better jobs than the american's

Robert R, March 24th 2010, 9:44am}

Murray, QED indeed! People living in glass houses should not post stoned. :)

Posted by: chutzpahticular at March 24, 2010 5:30 PM

Ann Coulter loves the attention I'm sure. U of O is "easy" to get into she says. Yet she didn't make it in and I'm glad anytime her hatred does not get a chance to be expressed in Ottawa or elsewhere. People like her make Democrats seem palatable in the USA. I wish she would run for president for that reason.

Posted by: cmr at March 24, 2010 10:29 PM

I arrived late (screw in my car's tire), just as the fire truck was leaving. For having read about the techniques used by leftist groups to shut down conservative events, I immediately knew, even before turning the corner and seeing the big crowd outside the building waiting to go in that I probably wouldn't see and hear Ann and Ezra that night. Still, suspecting that most of the people outside weren't registered, contrary to me, I wiggled my way in and finally reached near the doors to the auditorium. On my way there, I bought all the (Ezra and Ann) books I found at the UO bookshop stand. A while later, the police moved in and told the crowd that the event had been cancelled. Some (most) in the crowd roared their approval, chanting "No more hate speech", to which I replied, yelling "Freedom of speech". Of course,the police didn't make any distinction and wanted everybody out but I insisted for taking a peer inside the auditorium in the off chance that I could get a sense of what had happened inside. When only a dozen people were left, the constabulary summoned enough courage to make their move on me and two of them pushed me out the doors, with others joining to make sure that I didn't come back in. I think I was the only person who was physically expelled. Oh well!

My impression is that the (obviously inexperienced) event organisers did not take crowd control seriously enough and were easily scared by a bit of rowdiness, not showing sufficient firmness when it was required. Only pre-registered participants should have been allowed in, period. That was supposed to be the rule. Maybe less fecklessness and more intestinal fortitude on the part of the babe-in-the-woods organisers would have been in order, I'm just sayin'... Also, what happened was quite predictable, especially after the Provost's infamous letter - for which he should be sued. Universities are notorious for being bastions of lefty bias, and Ann Coulter is not a frequent visitor, so perhaps holding the event elsewhere in Ottawa would have been a better idea. I just hope she comes back soon.

Posted by: Jac at March 25, 2010 1:50 AM

If our founding fathers had been afraid of offending anyone, the Declaration of Independence would never have been written, nor the Constitution signed.

If A**Houle had not written such an inflammatory letter, then publicized it, the evening and Ann Coulter's speech would most likely have gone well. To me, a WWII Veteran, his letter read like an incitement to riot all by itself, cowardly, puny, vicious, and he got exactly the results he was after. It is obvious to me and I'm sure to many others, that it was the Provost of the University who deliberately sabotaged the event. From now on, when I think of a Canadian A**hole, it will be spelled A**houle, like the cowardly lion from Alice.

As usual, the comments from many Canadian students (as happens in the U.S.) seem to be written at 3rd Grade Level; they'd never have graduated from 8th Grade back in the 30s and 40s.
Good luck Ottawa. It's obvious that your Freedom of Speech is a thing of the past. Insist that your Provost's letter be a standard warning to all future speakers on campus, just to be fair, of course.

Posted by: howarde at March 25, 2010 4:01 AM

" ...U of O is "easy" to get into she says. Yet she didn't make it in ..."

cmr, Ann Coulter got into and graduated from Cornell University, into which it is much more difficult to get accepted than University of Ottawa.

Posted by: murray at March 25, 2010 9:54 AM

It was the Frenchman Voltaire who, I'm told, commented, "I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

So much for the French freedom-of-speech heritage, of which my Canadian friends in a summer boys' camp in Vermont once had every right to be proud. TLC-ers, what has happened?

(And in case you're wondering, I still have a couple of 'TLC Echo's around.)

Posted by: Loki1 at March 25, 2010 6:29 PM

ANN COULTER DOES NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SPEECH
CRAIG CHANDLER "DISINVITED" FROM PRIVATE RECEPTION
My father was correct, Ann Coulter does make me look moderate

Statement By Craig Chandler, Thursday, March 24, 2010.

RE: Being "Disinvited" By Anne Coulter from Private Reception

On Tuesday March 23, 2010 shortly after the Ann Coulter event at the University of Ottawa was cancelled by police, Colby Cosh wrote a column that appeared in Maclean's Magazine online at http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/03/23/coulter-the-she-devil-in-her-own-words/#idc-cover This article perpetuated some falsehoods relating to Ann Coulter's visit and myself.

The following is taken from the online article written by Colby Cosh "...Coulter says she went to her hotel room to relax and had a surreal moment. “I was watching the local news, which was all hockey and Ann Coulter, and some nut came on claiming that he was the organizer behind my speech. [murmurs in background] OK, his name is Craig Chandler. I sent an e-mail to my bodyguard saying Craig Chandler is disinvited from the event in Calgary. He’s on TV claiming to be the organizer and denouncing me!”

I was indeed on CBC discussing the Ottawa speech by Anne Coulter. CBC asked me to come to discuss Ann Coulter because intially my organization the Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB) secured the contract to bring Anne Coulter to Calgary with her speakers bureau. We have launched a speakers series which included: Governor Mike Huckabee, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. To my surprise, I then heard Ezra Levant was bringing her to Calgary. Being that Ezra is a friend I contacted him and asked what was going on and although I did not like his answer, I accepted it and let him know that I would not be bringing Ann Coulter to Town as a result. I also let him know that we would help him and promote the event throughout Calgary. We also purchased some tickets for the private reception.

It is very understandable why CBC thought that I was an organizer for the Ann Coulter event in Calgary when it was widely announced that the organization I was with was going to bring her up. As one can clearly see in the CBC video at http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1450395721 (Under Victim or Villan on the right side) I make it clear in the first words that I say that I am not an organizer. Unfortunately, even after I make it clear I am not an organizer of the event the CBC still displays that I am and that is where I think Ann Coulter is led to believe that I am claiming to be an organizer.

After reading the online Maclean's article by Colby Cosh I was very upset and contacted Ezra Levant to inform him of the errors on CBC and that I would be contacting CBC. I contacted Mark Kelley the host of Connect with Mark Kelley and asked about the confusion because I did not realise that the display with my name as an organizer appeared on TV until reading Colby Cosh's article. Mr. Kelley promptly responded with the email apology as seen below:

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Kelley
To: executivedirector@pgib.ca
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: Last Night


Hi Craig...there was some confusion on our end that you were one of the organizers bringing Ann Coulter to Calgary...but that was our error...which you immediately rectified in before you spoke about anything else. If this has caused any confusion or concern, I apologize for that, and thank you for speaking to us about your support for Ms. Coulter's right to free speech in this country. It was an enlightening, and timely interview.

Thanks Craig,

Mark Kelley
Host- Connect with Mark Kelley
CBC News Network

If Ann Coulter "disinvited" me to the private reception because of the mislabelling of me as an organizer, all of this was clarified almost immediately. My explanation and the email from Mark Kelley was forwarded to Ezra Levant (the actual organizer). I am sure Ezra Levant who is a friend of mine shared this information with Ms. Coulter.

Personally, I really do not think that is the real reason that I have been "disinvited". In her statements to Colby Cosh she was also very upset that I was apparently "denouncing" her. When you watch the CBC video at http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1450395721 (Under Victim or Villan on the right side) I do make some statements that I think are the real reason that I will not be at the private reception this evening.

In the 6 minute and 31 second interview I defend Ann Coulter in every way imagineable, however, I do say 2 comments that I sincerely feel she did not like and they are as follows: "She says some things that are stupid...so be it" and "There are things she says that I disagree with...for example I have Muslim friends, we all know about the Muslim comments as you have said and I do not think they are worth repeating myself...I do not neccessarily think those comments were good, but, they were her opinions and she is allowed to have them" For almost 6 minutes I defended her comments and conducted over 22 interviews in her defence.

The Calgary Beacon - Calgary's Only Online Newspaper seems to get that I am "...a tad upset" see http://www.calgarybeacon.com/2010/03/ann-coulters-calgary-spiel-could-re-ignite-canadian-free-speech-debate/ The Beacon is also correct when they write "Chandler says Coulter was having a bad day and the local CBC news clip she saw took his comments out of context. “I’m willing to forgive her".

I have forgiven Ann Coulter, but, she is being a hypocrite.

Ann has no problem talking about free speech and whining that she could not be heard etc. I completely agree with Ann that she had the right to be heard and the protestors at the University of Ottawa were like brown shirts in trying to silence her. However, I do find it very hypocritical that I say something that she disagrees with and I am all of a sudden disinvited to the private reception. It is acceptable for people to disagree and I do find some of her comments extreme, but, I have been consistent in defending her right to say them.

My father's response when I told him I was bringing Ann Coulter to Calgary seems to be the correct one when he said "One thing is for certain son, if you bring up Ann Coulter you will look moderate compared to her". Also, my wife who is more conservative than I am was also very uncomfortable with Ann Coulter after hearing her books on CD.

After this experience, I do find Ann Coulter extreme. She claims to be an advocate of free speech, but, her actions have proven she only tolerates what she likes to hear. Free speech means you need to tolerate the voices of even those you disagree with.

Ann Coulter is a fraud, she does not believe in free speech at all, she just loves hearing the sound of her own voice and demands complete loyalty. Thank God for America that this women is not running for office because the real test of her values were clearly displayed in Canada and that is she will do anything to shut down anyone who has an independent thought.

One thing we can be thankful for as a result of Ann Coulter's trip to Canada is that her visit has put free speech on the map again and ignited debate about Human Rights Commissions, hate crimes and independent thought.

Ezra Levant deserves praise for bringing Ann Coulter up. The only problem in this situation is that Anne Coulter really does not believe what she preaches, she is just trying to sell books.

As Mike Havery an Executive member of the Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB) said to me this morning "It is good we found out what a fraud Ann Coulter was now and that we did not end up paying $50,000 to bring her up".

If being a moderate means I believe in treating everyone equally regardless of their race, language, culture or gender then I am as guilty as charged. I believe in free speech and I will continue to fight for everyone to have their say, even if I disagree with them and that means Ann Coulter as well.

Craig B. Chandler
Direct: 403-726-2371
Email: craig@craigchandler.ca
Website: www.craigchandler.ca

Posted by: Craig B. Chandler at March 25, 2010 10:20 PM

Side note, Ms. Coulter seems to be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. I do hope she is ok.

I feel Ms. Coulter is playing the field. Who can blame her, the attention can become addictive, but I feel something is amiss in her life.

Time will tell I guess.

Posted by: john brooks at March 26, 2010 11:43 PM
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