Dissent in Alberta: Why is Counter Speech so Difficult in Alberta, or Is It?

Have you ever tried to speak out against the prevailing view in Alberta? Have you tried to raise concerns about problems in Alberta’s health care system, or other government services, and your views been squashed? Or do you feel that Alberta simply gets targeted by whining “Liberals” when free speech is really no different in Alberta than other places across Canada? Recent controversies surrounding allegations that Alberta policy makers intimidate or squash counter speech raise important questions about freedom of speech in this province.

We are holding an event that will touch on these questions. Please join us on:

Monday, June 6, 2011
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Room 201, Kahanoff Centre, 1202 Centre St. S, Calgary, Alberta

Sheila Pratt from the Edmonton Journal and the Post Media Network will start the conversation by describing the state of dissent in Alberta.

Tom Flanagan from the University of Calgary will try to answer the question, “Is dissent especially difficult in Alberta?”

This will be followed by our own Dan Shapiro discussing the importance of dissent to democracy. Kelly Ernst, also of RMCLA, will offer examples of dissent associated with 20 years of gay rights advocacy in Alberta.

Please join us for this event and show your support for free speech and civil liberties in the province.

See our poster at: www.rmcla.ca/DissentinAlberta2011Jun06.pdf

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