In advance of Ann Coulter’s speech tonight at the University of Ottawa, a school administrator has emailed her with a caution that she should remember that Canada’s laws about hate speech are much more restrictive than in the United States. Coulter says that was a hate crime and she is filing a complaint.
Speaking to students and academics at the University of Western Ontario on Monday night, Ms. Coulter said the email sent to her on Friday by François Houle, vice-president academic and provost of the University of Ottawa, targeted her as a member of an identifiable group and as such, she will be filing a complaint with the Human Rights Commission alleging hate speech. “I’m sure the Human Rights Commission will get to the bottom of it,” Ms. Coulter said to loud cheers from the 800-strong audience. “I think I’m the victim of a hate crime here. Either what [Mr. Houle] did was a hate crime, or the whole commission is B.S.” In Mr. Houle’s email, a copy of which was obtained by the National Post, the administrator urges Ms. Coulter to weigh her words with “respect and civility in mind” when she speaks at the University of Ottawa campus on Tuesday.
During last night’s speech in Ontario, Coulter ridiculed gay rights activists for comparing their struggles to the civil rights movement.