In Canada, you can say whatever you want. No one is going to throw you in prison. We are not some shit-heeled banana republic. Free speech is sacred up here, like syrup from the maple. God bless Wilfried Laurier and all beavers, because in Canada you can say what you feel your conscience needs to say, and no one is going to stand in your way. Nothing is more Canadian than a tongue speaking truth to power. True enough, you will be fired. Your career will never recover. Your reputation will suffer in ways that can never be mended. Whichever powerful person or persons you embarrassed or humiliated will use all the tools at their disposal to bring you down and send a clear message to all those watching: shut your stinking mouth.
Every publicly-funded institution in Canada functions like this. What the Liberal party is demonstrating to the nation is how the country really works. At the top of every university, college, political party, governmental department, is a small and friendly cadre of unelected officials. They run the show and they run it the way they want to: rules schmules. What happened to Wilson-Raybould and Philpott happens all the time. Powerful Canadians at publicly-funded institutions destroy ethical Canadians in unethical ways with impunity because they can. Whether you became a professor or a politician because you wanted to change the world for good—good fucking luck with that. Somehow, in Canada, being a team player in a corporate hierarchy has become the only “value” that remains. Shutting down people who have a problem with this seems to be the principal activity of executives and administrators country-wide. All public officials in this country speak as one with Canada's federal tourism minister, Melanie Joly, when she says,
"[A]ctually, there is no female or male definition of loyalty. It's either you have team spirit, you want to work in a team, or you don't."
That's the Canada that Arts professors should feel ethically obliged to prepare their students for, the real one: the one where the values we teach don't matter, and learning to do what you're told--even when what you're told to do is wrong--is the only real requirement needed.