Shimmying with Scheer

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When Tory leader Andrew Scheer proposed to cut federal funding to universities if they failed to protect free speech on campus, he was playing both to his base (including pro-life and pro-Israel groups) and to Canadians who are fed up with political correctness. It must have looked like a safe bet. Then came Charlottesville. Scheer could not backtrack quickly enough.  He joined the stampede away from Rebel Media. He reversed his policy on universities. Asked whether people who do not violate Canada's hate-speech laws deserve to have free-speech rights, he replied, "I'm not going to get drawn into hypotheticals." Free speech is not a hypothetical. It is a Charter right, and Canadians know it.