P.E.I. – H. Wade MacLauchlan: Sage or censor?

One of Kurt Westergaard’s infamous cartoons

Former UPEI President Wade MacLauchlan has announced his candidacy for the leadership of the ruling provincial Liberal Party…

…H. Wade showed his true colours as UPEI’s president during the infamous Danish Cartoon Controversy, culminating with the attacks in Muslim countries against the embassies of Denmark…

…[O]n the safe ground of the United States and Canada, no newspaper, magazine, or television program would even display the cartoons. This act would have suggested solidarity with the publication under attack, and more importantly informed readers and viewers of the story.

No publication, that is, with the exception of UPEI’s own student paper The Cadre, whose editors chose to reprint the cartoons for the above reasons.

(They were later joined in Canada by Ezra Levant’s Western Standard magazine). At the least, students, faculty, and staff at UPEI would have been able to see the subject of controversy for themselves, rather than simply be told that a faraway rag had committed the thought crime of “causing offence”.

To its credit, P.E.I.’s Islamic association supported the right of The Cadre to print the cartoons, citing the importance of free expression. It didn’t call on the paper to be censored…

On order from President MacLauchlan, UPEI staff scoured the campus of all copies of the offending paper, determined to undo the editors’ Wrong Think by force…

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  • David Murrell

    Wade MacLauchlin was dean of our University of New Brunswick law school a number of years ago. Then, he raised money for the province’s moribund New Democratic party. Under his watch, his law school hired a few feminist-leftist law professors. Good to see him move from ultra-feminism to appeasing jackboot, and crazed, Islamists.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    “No publication, that is, with the exception of UPEI’s own student paper The Cadre, whose editors chose to reprint the cartoons for the above reasons….
    But this is exactly what happened. On order from President MacLauchlan, UPEI staff scoured the campus of all copies of the offending paper, determined to undo the editors’ Wrong Think by force.”

    MacLauchlan taught @ Dalhousie U. The name is familiar but I have no recollection. MacLauchlan couldn’t have left that much of an impression. After reading the article I can see why.