...That kind of left-wing baiting is more or less what he was doing when I first met him in 1993. Then, he was a law student at the University of Alberta and he had just pranked everyone by tacking up notices claiming the school was discriminating against Jews.Yes, had there been no Levant to "provoke" Provost Houle into warning Coulter that her unfettered expression could lead to criminal charges, none of this would have happened.
When outraged students showed up at a protest he organized, they were treated to an attack on the university's quota system, which reserved spots at the law school specifically for native students. Levant, a Jew, would not qualify for one of these reserved seats.
Predictably, native students claimed this was hate speech and, just as predictably, the dean of student affairs wrote Levant threatening to expel him.
When I interviewed him for the CBC, he was happily relishing the uproar.
Fast forward 17 years to this week and Levant had provoked another university official, this time University of Ottawa provost Francois Houle, into writing another letter...
Meanwhile, a letter-writer to steynonline blames Neil's employer, the Ceeb:
I was at the Coulter/University of Ottawa fiasco, and I have to tell you, the media lied. There was a civil lineup of about 800 people wanting to get into Ms Coulter's engagement, and there was a group near the door of about 50 or so (obnoxious) protesters.
Campus security— or lack thereof— didn't know how to deal with the situation. Apparently, one of the protesters pulled a fire alarm, but the fire department came and all was clear. Then some of the protesters rushed the door, and a few minutes later the event was cancelled.
CBC, of course, whipped up the protesters and— voila!— the cameras were turned on. CBC also said that there were thousands of protesters (huge lie), and The Citizen stated that there were hundreds of protesters (big lie). Again, in reality, it was about 50 or 60 protesters. Lastly, the line of civil people dispersed calmly, but disappointed… then nine police cars came to the late and pointless rescue.
CBC loves this kind of stuff— especially the ones who like to cut and splice.