Christie Blatchford finally allowed to speak at U of Waterloo

by Gary McHale - The Regional

December 15, 2010

On Nov. 12 Dan Kellar and other self-appointed censors shut down Christie Blatchford's book tour that was held at the University of Waterloo. These radical lefties, who claim to believe in free speech, locked themselves together with bike locks on the stage where Blatchford was to speak. The National Post reported, "five ignoramuses who took the stage before her, chanted 'racist, racist, racist' at her, denied her right to speak and denied the audience who came to hear her their right to hear her."

This has become a disturbing problem at universities in Ontario over the past two years where anyone that may appear to be a conservative is denied any right to speak in public. The radical left screams out demanding their right to free speech while continuously stopping any view they do not like.

This has also been a problem in Caledonia over the past five years where anyone who doesn't bow before the alter of political correctness or admit their white guilt for 200 years of native abuse is labelled by most as being a troublemaker and a racist bigot. In relation to Caledonia even the police and government helped paint those who disagreed as the 'enemies of peace'.

When I first heard about Blatchford being shut down at Waterloo I wasn't surprised. After all, it was this university that had a play in 2008 whereby they repeatedly declared that Judge Marshall was corrupt and showed that true Christians would bake apple pies to give to masked warriors at the barricades.  The same students who put on the play, at the direction of their professor, then built the so-called new embassy on DCE. It turns out students from Waterloo have been involved in DCE almost from day one.

This problem of our universities becoming the centre for radical lefties who silence any voice they disagree with is not limited to Waterloo. Students from York University have bussed people into Haldimand to hold protests as they shout out their typical phrases labelling people in Haldimand as racist members of the KKK. The student body at McMaster University receives money from the McGuinty government directly related to so-called negotiations of DCE.

It was in this climate of political correctness in Ontario that caused me to show up at Waterloo to see whether Blatchford would be allowed to speak at her second visit. What steps, if any, would Waterloo take to end this violation of the Charter of Rights by a small group who use criminal acts to silence others?

As I arrived several police cars also arrived along with a paddy wagon. In the lobby visitors were outnumbered by the police where one room was holding a briefing with about 30 officers in it while dozens more spread out at each door and down the hallway with more outside the building. In each bathroom was a person sitting there holding a fire extinguisher in case anyone attempted to set the garbage on fire. The University of Waterloo police were out in force backed up by the Waterloo Regional Police along with dozens of students wearing security t-shirts.

No one could get into the event without a free ticket that had to be ordered and picked up by noon prior to the event.

I had seen this type of security before whereby the OPP would bring in hundreds of officers including the riot unit, a helicopter etc. In each case the OPP were there not to uphold the Charter but to ensure non-Natives didn't have any right to gather and protest in a democratic society.

The University of Waterloo was taking a different approach. They claimed they believed in free speech and the Charter and wanted to demonstrate their belief through their actions ensuring Blatchford could not be stopped by a few radicals that hijack the rights of others - something the OPP need to learn.

The high level of security was there to ensure each individual's right to free speech. At Waterloo the police were not ordered to line up against those who merely wanted to gather and exercise their democratic rights. They were there to stop any person or group from using criminal acts to intimidate or harass those who wanted to listen to Blatchford.

When Blatchford did  speak there was an officer within 15 feet to her right and left and more placed throughout the room. This was the university sending a powerful message that they would uphold the rights of every individual and not just those from the politically correct groups.

It was reported afterwards that Kellar and his group were not only stopped from entering the building but ordered to leave all university property or be charged with trespassing. Kellar claimed to be a PhD student in environmental studies at the university but is not taking any classes and two professors a year ago had refused to continue supervising him.

Michael Strickland, U. of Waterloo media relations, had been in contact with us several times prior to Blatchford's appearance. He read Blatchford's book three times and was eager to answer any questions I asked him. The University sent my wife and I tickets to the event and Mr. Strickland contacted Mark Vandermaas to invite him. Not only did Waterloo want to ensure Blatchford was allowed to speak they wanted the public to see the steps they were taking to uphold free speech.

No individual or group should be judged for problems that just happen outside of their control. The University of Waterloo and Blatchford were caught off guard by a few radicals the first time. While Blatchford had seen these types of radicals before in Caledonia, it is quite another thing to experience it as the target of such hatred.

Some may say that the University went too far in their show of force but it was a very peaceful event where people from Six Nations were allowed to ask Blatchford questions while everyone was allowed to listen to her views.

What the university did, which the OPP has completely failed to do, was to send a clear message that criminal behaviour will NOT be allowed. In the end, at least at Waterloo the rule of law not the rule of thugs is the legacy.

Too bad the OPP couldn't receive their orders from the university leadership.