The Ontario government will force post-secondary schools to discipline students who interfere with “free speech.”
Premier Doug Ford’s office announced Thursday that it would require all colleges and universities that receive government funding to publish a “free speech policy” by Jan. 1.
Policies must meet requirements set by his office: include a definition of free speech, restrict speech that is considered illegal under Canadian law and discipline students who interfere. Interference is described as, “ongoing disruptive protesting that significantly interferes with the ability of an event to proceed.”
Ford said in a press release that schools “should be places where students exchange different ideas and opinions in open and respectful debate.”