Mr. Speaker, as institutions of higher learning, universities are an ideal venue for debate and analysis. What are the implications of a word? What does it mean to those it is directed at? What weight does it carry today and in history?
Universities are the place for such debates, and there should be the necessary freedom to impart knowledge. Academic freedom involves addressing difficult issues while paying attention to the sensibilities of individuals and not censoring oneself.
Will the Prime Minister defend academic freedom at the University of Ottawa, yes or no?