Justin Trudeau gave the commencement address at New York University this year where he stressed diversity, but probably not the kind of diversity graduates were expecting to hear. Trudeau stressed the need for diversity of thought, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
But actions speak louder than words and so far the actions we’ve seen in Canada’s education system are not very indicative of a safe space for a diversity of opinions. Trudeau mentioned former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier in his speech, extolling his virtue for recognizing the potential benefits of bursting one’s echo chamber.
And I’m sure Wilfrid was a great lad. But Trudeau didn’t touch at all on the main reason we’ve seen Wilfrid Laurier in the headlines the past half-year. That is, Wilfrid Laurier University. More specifically, Lindsay Shepherd, who got scolded for showing her class a video with Jordan Peterson engaging in a debate.
Actions speak louder than words and if Trudeau wants people to believe this seemingly newfound commitment to the marketplace of ideas, he might want to consider — to borrow another cliche — putting his money where his mouth is and perhaps strip schools that do not tolerate a viewpoint diversity of their federal funding.
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