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A little free speech about Fontaine

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Protesters disrupted a speech by Phil Fontaine at the University of Winnipeg, calling him out on his new job with the TransCanada Pipeline. Nothing could disrupt our readers, however.

That's a real shame.

Those that exercised their right to speak should have allowed Fontaine the right to do the same.

Rights come with responsibilities. It's the honourable and respectful thing to do.

-- abhidharma

Why should Fontaine get a "free" ride from criticism???

-- 23696032

I thought making it impossible for someone to speak was censorship, not criticism.

-- 23654902

Axworthy's just begging for a riot. You don't have to be a political genius to know how volatile this situation is. Let Fontaine give his speech on YouTube or something -- at least no one will get hurt and there won't be any rioting.

If Axworthy ignores common sense, U of W should at least hire a few dozen cops.

Next Week at U of W: Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; N. Korea President Kim Jung Un.

-- Ashkenazi

Welcome to the age of political correctness. Aboriginals can interrupt absolutely ANY event, or block any road they want, and will never be held accountable by the law.

-- 23670082

Jo Seenie and her group of protesters must immediately march over to Alberta chanting and beating their drums in order to confront and denounce Alberta First Nations earning hundreds of millions of tax-free dollars from oil royalties.

-- 23734452

It's too bad. Phil is a good guy, and he should be allowed to say what he believes... I have never always agreed with him 100%, I don't agree with anyone 100%, but I wouldn't know that unless I shut up and listened to what they have to say, then asked questions where I don't understand and listen to the response.

-- 23729617

It's unfortunate, Axworthy had a wonderful opportunity. He should have turned the lecture into a structured debate, and invited Jo Seenie to participate. It likely would have allowed Dr. Fontaine to speak and quieted down the protesters.

-- 42618541

How do you like the taste of your own medicine, Phil?

-- 23730947

Agree with the idea of consensus and respect but I don't like the idea of 'leaders' making statements about who and who does not have the right to an opinion or to protest. Maybe these people are so fed up and so tired of living off of the scraps while those who have been 'leading' them are living cozy middle class lives. These leaders should have the dignity and respect for their people to understand this... and not make them feel 'guilty' for being 'tired' of living in poverty and being discriminated against on a daily basis. Who is being disrespectful here?

-- couch504

How does one protest the speaker's words, if the speaker isn't allowed to speak? Jump all over him, protest if you wish, but have the courtesy to hear him out.

-- Joebob

MK: if white protesters showed up and booted Atleo off the stage without hearing what he had to say, would you be OK with that?

Do you think your people would be better off if Big Oil's liaison was just another white guy in a suit?

As to pipelines, have we not learned anything from Lac-Mégantic?

Why not hear what Fontaine has to say and THEN decide if you disagree.

What this reeks of is just an angry bunch of implacable people turning on one of their own. Is that really the message FNs want to get out?

-- Family Guy

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 26, 2014 A10

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