Times Higher Education
January 12th, 2015
The University of New Brunswick in Canada appears to be standing
behind a professor accused by another academic of racism and bad
While academic freedom experts in the US and Canada
agree the university did the right thing, the offended professor says
the questionable comments merit no special protection.
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”.