Inside Higher Ed
January 9th, 2015
The University of New Brunswick in Canada appears to be standing
behind a professor accused by a colleague across the country of racism
and bad scholarship. While academic freedom experts in the U.S. and
Canada agree the university did the right thing, the offended
professor says the questionable comments merit no special protection.
At issue are a series of statements in which Ricardo Duchesne, a
tenured professor of social science at New Brunswick, said that the city
of Vancouver is essentially being ruined and becoming less "British"
because of an influx of Asian immigrants.
In a statement this week, Robert MacKinnon, vice president of New
Brunswick’s Saint John campus, didn’t endorse Duchesne's comments about
the allegedly deleterious effect of Asian immigrants on Vancouver. But
MacKinnon said that “academic freedom is a foundational principle of
university life.” Often, he said, “such academic debate expresses views
that may be perceived as controversial and unpopular.”