Students speak out against Ford government's new freedom of speech mandate

Post secondary students are responding to the Doug Ford government's mandate that all colleges and universities develop freedom of speech policies by January 1st.

The Canadian Federation of Students says they have long advocated for freedom of speech on campus but adds in recent years "we have seen the concept of free speech co opted to protect and defend hate speech on campus."

The federation says, "the rhetoric of defending free speech is used to protect racist, homophobic, transphobic and otherwise oppressive discourse on campuses and to silence any dissent against them."

The group also notes all colleges and universities currently have policies that protect free speech as well as student codes of conduct.

The Ford Tories have threatened to pull government funding if any schools fail to comply with their new mandate.