Senate rejects governments push to deregulate universities in Canada
By Ben Mack
27 May 2017
An opposition bill to protect academic freedom, the Canadian Students’ Union (CSU) Bill, was rejected by the National Citizens’ Tribunal on Tuesday, ruling that the legislation is unconstitutionally vague and infringes the right to free speech.
In a decision delivered by the National Citizens’ Tribunal, National Citizens’ Council and Citizens’ Council of B.C. (CCBC), appointed by the Canadian government to review the proposed bill, the panel rejected legislation drafted by the CSU’s Canadian Council on Education and the Humanities, that would have strengthened the protections for academic freedom, a concept enshrined in its charter.
The legislation would have provided that “any action… undertaken to protect academic freedom, including in the field of social, cultural, or political organizations… must be conducted in conformity with section 3 of the Act or other regulation of the Public Service,” and would have allowed government regulators to ban any student organization, association, or corporation that e바카라ngaged in any of the activities the government deems to be inappropriate.
The National Citizens’ Tribunal is a three-judge panel appointed by the Canadian government as a special body to oversee the review of controversial or controversial law. It is composed of three independent a바카라rbitrators, the judges and the members of the panel.
The government and the National Citizens’ Council were not mentioned in the decision, although its members did, and the government noted that the bill “would interfere with freedom of expression in the workplace and in public areas such as university campuses,” a provision that critics argued could give the CSU Bill new legal cover.
In rejecting the bill, the tribunal also dismissed arguments from the National Citizens’ Council and Citizens’ Council on the constitutional basis that the provision in the Bill would not “expire unless Parliament is given broad discretion to change or repeal it at any time.”
The National Citizens’ Council said that “no reasonable lawyer, and no reasonable layman would accept any theory to suggest that the legislation will continue to operate unless there is a change by Parliament that the provision will continue to operate.”
The CSU Bill would have allowed the government to enact “regulatory measures” that, within four months, would have prohibited the use of “political organizati우리카지노ons” as “foreign agents” in the “funding and sponsorship of academic and social organizations and activities that undermine the principle of academic freedom,” for the first time ever and to restrict “any activity undertaken to combat terrorism by individuals o