By Jamil Jivani, December 13, 2022
At a time when most institutions are busy playing defence against woke activists, Canadians need inspiration to push back against ideologies that we know in our gut are simply wrong. Enter Quebec Premier François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government. On Dec. 7, the national assembly passed a motion that expresses a commitment to merit-based hiring on university campuses and rejects the imposition of racial or gender quotas by the federal government.
Quebec’s Minister for Higher Education, Pascale Déry, presented the motion asking the assembly to “express its concern regarding the exclusion of certain candidates from obtaining Canada Research Chairs on the basis of criteria that are not related to competence.”
The motion reiterates the importance of academic freedom before denouncing “the interference of the federal government, which funds research chair programs according to certain criteria that do not reflect the specificity of Quebec.”