Essay Contest: Should federal and provincial governments restrict public funding from universities that censor free expression?

JCCF 2017 Essay Contest Winners

Each year, Canada’s public universities receive more than $13 billion from the federal and provincial governments. While promising to uphold freedom of expression and academic freedom as means to pursue truth, many taxpayer-funded universities have instead accepted speech codes, so-called “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces.” Banning speakers, condoning the disruption of campus events, and banning controversial speech through security fees are further examples of how universities today undermine Canada’s venerable tradition of freedom of expression.

The Justice Centre received many thoughtful and well-written essays from students across the country, answering the question:

Should federal and provincial governments restrict public funding from universities that censor free expression? Why or why not?

The Winners are:

Brett Fawcett, Education, Concordia University (Edmonton campus) – Read Essay

 

Alexis Bernicchia-Freeman, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, York University – Read Essay

 

Matthew Gerrits, Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo – Read Essay