Some of my progressive blogging colleagues think so. Part of that is to do with some of the media covering the event reporting they felt it was more to do with poor organization of the event, and that the claim that there were ‘2000 protesters there’ being overblown, as well as the so-called security concerns being overblown.
As Dr Dawg noted at his above link, there’s so far not been an official police report of any kind describing reports of any physical violence, or arrests, or reports of weapons. We only have hyper-conservative activist Ezra Levant saying so, and pardon me if I take his word with a big mountain of salt.
Speaking of Ezra and Annie, two fun quotes for you, repeated elsewhere already, but amusing to quote again nevertheless in the wake of both claiming the left are politically persecuting them.
First, Ann Coulter: “They’re [Democrats] always accusing us of repressing their speech. I say let’s do it. Let’s repress them. Frankly, I’m not a big fan of the First Amendment“.
Freedom of speech for me, but not for thee, eh Anne?
Next, free speech “champion” Ezra Levant on anti-war MP George Galloway being barred from travelling here and expressing his opinion, as noted by Canadian Cynic:
[British MP George] Galloway is not a Canadian citizen; he does not have a right to come to Canada (nor any other rights guaranteed to our citizens). He would be a guest, and he is being turned away for security reasons… I don’t see this as a free speech issue; I see it as a sovereignty issue — keeping out an undesirable foreigner who has no right to be here, and who boasts about violating our criminal code.
Good riddance…… my main point is that Galloway has no “right” to come to Canada. He’s not Canadian. I’m all for his free speech — elsewhere.
Apparently, Ezra only believes foreign folks are getting persecuted when they’re not allowed to speak if he happens to agree with their POV. No hypocrisy there, eh Ezra?
UPDATE: Kady O’Malley lists the different contradictions of what supposedly transpired last night, and seems to be leaning against the version of the cancellation put forth by Ann, Ezra and other organizers of last night’s aborted event.