It’s important to note that in every one of these University speeches Coulter is making across Canada, in none of them is she actually an official guest of the universities themselves. Non-university groups of conservative activists are simply hiring university venues as halls in which Coulter’s speeches will take place, complete with security staff provided by the university from their Protective Services staff whose costs are also covered by the venue hirers.
The initial announcement from Coulter in her regular Town Hall column:
After Tuesday night, the hatred incited by Francois’ letter is no longer theoretical. The police called off my speech when the auditorium was surrounded by thousands of rioting liberals — screaming, blocking the entrance, throwing tables, demanding that my books be burned, and finally setting off the fire alarm.
However, this report from Yahoo News Canada specifically says that there was no violence at the scene of the protest:
A spokesman for the organizers said about 2,000 “threatening” students posed a security threat to the darling of the American right, and she was advised against appearing.
“It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event,” said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside Marion Hall.
“This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation.”
The announcement was greeted with shouts of “Shame” and “We want Ann” from about 100 people who had managed to get into the hall.
Outside students celebrated: “Nananana, nanana, Goodbye Ann Coulter.”
About 10 Ottawa police cruisers were called to the scene, but there was no violence.
Let’s just repeat that. THERE WAS NO VIOLENCE. There was just a vocal protest.
Groups gathered outside the building chanting “This is what free speech looks like” while the crowd inside could be heard chanting “We want Ann” after it was announced the event was cancelled at 8:15 p.m.
Ezra Levant later referred to the exercise of free speech by the protestors as “censorship”. I think Inigo Montoya might just have a message for him.
Criticism is not the same as censorship. Freedom of speech has never implied, and certainly never guaranteed, freedom from criticism, Mr Levant. Shame on you.
On Tuesday, March 23, an appearance by Ann Coulter was scheduled on our campus, organized by the International Free Press Society Canada and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.[…]
Last night, the organizers themselves decided at 7:50 p.m. to cancel the event and so informed the University’s Protection Services staff on site.
A later statement from Coulter repeats the claim that it was the police who cancelled the speech:
She added it was the decision of police to cancel her University of Ottawa appearance — not her organizers.
Since Coulter lied not only about protestor violence but also about posters for her speech being banned across the University campus (the student federation voted that they be banned inside the student federation’s own buildings, but they were allowed on noticeboards elsewhere on campus), whose reportage of the night’s events do you think is really more credible here?
A woman who defends her own remarks which contain violent threats against Muslims or others as “obvious” “jokes” and “sarcasm” has no right to mendaciously portray silly Facebook groups which use violent language against her as some sort of credible threat. They’re repellent, odious and hateful, of course, but somehow that’s only okay if Coulter’s the one doing it.