Ann Coulter came to Ottawa to speak last night, and Ottawa’s Bolsheviks decided she shouldn’t. After the international incident created by the University of Ottawa’s Provost, you might have thought that a Canadian university might have had the intellectual enthusiasm to debate the pros, cons and nuances of her presentation. You’d be wrong. Free speech doesn’t exist in Canada. The divisive, ignorant bullies of Canada’s liberal left and our pravda-like mainstream media will see to it that there is only one truth to every story.
Canadian “media” this morning are reporting that “thousands” of protesters blocked Coulter from speaking and resulted in the meeting being cancelled, that she was jeered and boo’d in London (the actual phrase should be cheered and boo’d…).
Oddly, those that were actually there, have a very different view. The following excerpts are from comments of actual attendees at the event, taken from the commentary this morning on SDA.
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.”
When I heard Coulter was coming to Canada I figured attending the event would be worth the entertainment value, if for nothing other than to witness the unhinged reaction that was sure to follow. Ottawa U didn’t disappoint.
When I arrived there was a line of a few hundred, maybe a thousand people outside the Marion building. A few of them were chanting in front of the cameras but the line was otherwise better behaved than for a typical rock concert. The size of the line was no doubt a bit of a problem because the room held no more than 400 (my estimate).
Since I had registered for the event ahead of time I had no trouble elbowing my way to the front, verifying my name was on the list, getting inside and chatting briefly with Ezra Levant.
After a while the fire alarm went off, the obvious false alarm having been dealt with we sat down expecting the event to start.
Instead Ezra announced that police told him it would be “physically unsafe” to bring Ann in due to the “unruly mob” outside. There was certainly no issue, or even noise, inside the auditorium.
Since I was inside at that point I don’t know how unruly they became outside. But this is the national capital, just a few blocks from Parliament Hill, the US Embassy, the Prime Minister’s Residence and countless embassies. The police surely have the capability to respond to anyone threatening a woman with dozens of TV cameras around. Instead, they chose to cancel the event instead.
After leaving the auditorium (from a side entrance, as the police insisted), I walked back out front to see what the commotion was.
A lone policewoman standing on the step asked me to leave after I took her picture. I did leave, after expressing disbelief that they canceled the event over what appeared to be a few dozen pathetic protesters chanting in front of the nearby cameras.
A truly pathetic situation all around.
I was just outside the door to the auditorium waiting to get in since I had registered. Most of the students had not registered and were told they would not get in because their name was not on the registration list. Those students did not leave, even after the fire alarm went off (set off intentionally to disrupt the event??), and despite the request of security and the lone policewoman.
Most were polite and patient but there was a small but very vocal group agitating. If the doors had been opened I am sure there would have been a mad rush and several hundred kids would have streamed in. One organizer at the door said it was cancelled because it was not a safe situation. This remark was booed.
A contingent of police did come, I estimate about 5 of them about 20 min after the fire alarm. No firemen. We were then told after an hour of waiting, the event was canceled. Still no one left for about 15-20 min. I was told by security that Ann Coulter did not set foot in Marion Hall.
While waiting outside, a group of students were handing out anti-racism, anti-islamaphobia, anti-hate buttons and posters trying to get people riled up. Only about 1 in 5 or 6 accepted.
Not one student I asked had a read a book she had written or could identify exactly what hate speech she actually said. Clips of you tube videos of “hateful” things were cited.
As A Canadian these leftard creeps have shamed me and tarnished Canada’s reputation for tolerance. What we witnessed tonight was anti-intellectual intolerance of the most uncivil and subversive kind.
Question: who turned off the police capability to establish order in this nation’s capital?
I just feel disgust at this moment
Hell, I don’t even particularly like Coulter but this kind of reactionary violence over such petty issues reveals a dangerous uncivil neurosis infecting our Campuses.
Ann Coulter has managed to hold a mirror to the whole world focusing on the intolerance in the soul of Canadian Universities in regards to conservatives or free speech, for that matter.
Anyone expecting unbiased reporting of Ann Coulter’s Canadian tour from Canadian MSM is being delusional.
The few CTV yappers I watched, could not hide their animosity to Coulter.
I was outside. It was not unruly at all! Not even in the slightest. 20-30 students were protesting, while hundreds of people were quietly hoping to get in to see Ann. That’s it!
I was there just a few hours ago, in the line-up with a friend. There weren’t “thousands” of protesters, as the Star et al report. Perhaps 40 or 50. Most of us were lined up quietly. We had to wait 45 minutes or more, listening to those fascists chant. Some of us yelled, (after they said, “No more hate speech”) “Then LEAVE!” I got some laughs when I said, after hearing the word “discrimination”, “Bet you can’t spell that!” and, a little while later, “I want my tax dollars back!” We also chanted, “Free Speech, Free Speech” back at them for quite a while.
The protesters behaved so badly. They chanted “hate speech” over and over. When the security was moving us down the steps, about 20 of them took the opportunity to rush in the door behind security. That’s probably what got security scared. Some were wearing chic Palestinian scarves. They crammed the front entrance and made it hard for the registered to get in. They chanted, “You won’t get in. You won’t get in.” They race-baited: one obvious Coulter fan bravely yelled, “Shut the f. . . up!” after a pompous speech by the main speaker and we all laughed; then one of the protesters said, “You’re a white man and you’re gonna tell me to shut up!” So my friend (bless her East-Indian, Jamaican soul) yelled, “I’M NOT WHITE!” That quieted them for a while. We were all told to dispurse by security, because the 600-hundred sitting inside already had to get out. One man spoke in a very frustrated manner to the police, saying to one of them, “You should do better with security! You let this happened in Cornwall too!”
I was so frustrated, watching those thugs stand there cheering when the word got out that the speech was cancelled, that I yelled at them, “You Liberal Fascists!” Someone with dreadlocks started for me, but a police man got inbetween and said, “Let’s not start anything here.” My friend and I walked the few blocks back to our car, muttering away about the whole business.
We were deprived of our right to see Ann Coulter speak. Many U of O students in that line-up wanted to hear her speak, and were deprived of that by a few fascists in their university who chose to pretend to represented all the students.
It was an embarassing night for Canada. Our security should have been better, and those thugs, going to a university that’s supposed to allow a free-flowing of ideas, should have behaved better.
What happened was wrong. It was chilling. I felt I was watching fascist youth in action.
… It was just a small group that was agitating. Most students were very interested in what Ann had to say. Really interested.
I was right beside the guy who overturned the table hoping to get others with him to storm the door. No takers. He was huge and had told me earlier he had registered and was with the Egyptian student union/club. Security hustled him out of there pretty quick. No other student pushed in after him because if so they would have been able to enter the auditorium.
Hardly any hooligans, a small number of protesters, just insufficient planning and no security/police to actually organize lines, check names and get this event going.
I was outside all night. There was a handful of pathetic little turds that were screeching outside – but nothing that could in any wat be construed as intimidating. They were a joke.
Look. I’m pissed off. I registered in advance and travelled 60 miles with friends to hear Ann Coulter speak – and it didn’t happen. What’s worse, there is NOTHING that happened at Ottawa U tonight that could in any way be construed as a security issue.
This keeps happening on University campuses. You have gutless, jelly-like administrations (who don’t want speakers like Coulter there to begin with) backed up by hopeless security. They look for any excuse to shut things down.
So here’s my advice. Don’t hold these events on University grounds. Hold them out in the rural areas and let local Landowner Associations handle the pre-registration, admission and security. End of problems… and everybody gets to hear the speaker.
I watched Coulter on Michael Coren last night. I agree with his sentiment; certainly not that of the moron from the U of O. Michael was there too.