University of Calgary

Coulter Speech

March 25, 2010

Controversial American political commentator ends Canadian tour in Calgary

Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter will finish up her whirlwind and controversial Canadian tour—that has involved cancellations, last-minute venue changes and human rights complaints—tonight in Calgary.

One day before the Calgary event, Organizers moved Coulter's speech to the Red and White club just north of McMahon Stadium—a venue that fits about 800 people or more than twice the audience of the lecture theatre that was originally booked for the event.

The event is being held on campus property. Organizers include the International Free Press Society—Canada, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and the Barbara Mitchell Memorial Speakers Series organized by Political Science professor Rainer Knopff.

Coulter's Canadian trip has been criticized on all sides of the political spectrum. But U of C Provost Alan Harrison said Wednesday that the University has no plans to shut down the event adding it wasn't up to university officials to decide in advance what Coulter might say and whether it was a promotion of hatred. "If we try to suppress people's views simply because we don’t agree with them we're doing two things," he said. "We're acting contrary to what the university stands for, and also frankly, we're providing increased publicity for the person who’s spreading those views. That's not our purpose. Our purpose is to give her the same respect that everybody else deserves."

Coulter's speech tonight at the Red and White club will begin at 7 p.m. People interested in registering for the event are asked to email: calgary@coulterincanada.com

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