Innocent Abroad

Canada to Coulter: No Hate Speech

Welcome to Canada, Ann Coulter! A senior official at the University of Ottawa sent the pundit a letter prior to her visit to speak at the university with some words of warning. "Our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or "free speech") in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States," said the letter. "I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here." The letter continues to warn that, "promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges." In response to the letter, she wrote, "I was hoping for a fruit basket, not a threat to prosecute."