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Petition urges B.C. school to rethink naming James Moore its chancellor

‘I have accepted the offer and honour, and I want to work with everyone,’ former MP says


 
Industry Minister James Moore speaks at a news conference in Toronto on March 6, 2015. The Canadian Space Agency and the Israel Space Agency have joined forces to study two potential space missions, including one to improve maritime safety. Industry Minister James Moore announced Tuesday that two Canadian companies, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and COM DEV International Ltd., will be conducting concept studies and that each space firm will receive $300,000 for their work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Industry Minister James Moore speaks at a news conference in Toronto on March 6, 2015. (Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press) 

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Some faculty members are calling on the University of Northern British Columbia to reconsider its decision to name former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore as its next chancellor.

An online petition, posted Friday by an anonymous senator from the Prince George, B.C.-based university, had topped 1,000 signatures by early Tuesday.

“For over a decade Mr. Moore was a Member of Parliament (and held several prominent ministerial positions) in a government that did not celebrate diversity or the free and open exchange of ideas,” the petition says.

“That government chose instead to practise the politics of division and intimidation, and by its actions worked to undermine many of the core values that are pillars of universities in Canada and the world.”

The petition says Moore was part of a government that muzzled federal scientists, failed to address global climate change and rejected an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Supporters have signed from as far away as Kenya, Connecticut, Minnesota and Inuvik, while faculty includes associate professor of geography, Brian Menounos, a Canada Research Chair in glacial change.

Moore said Tuesday that many former politicians have taken positions at universities, including former provincial New Democrat Andrew Petter and former federal Liberals Stephen Owen and Lloyd Axworthy.

“I was approached by UNBC and offered the opportunity to become the sixth chancellor of the school,” Moore said in an email.

“I have accepted the offer and honour, and I want to work with everyone in the community to build on the successes of UNBC.”

Moore did not seek re-election in October due to family reasons, but the petition says the 39-year-old was an active campaigner for the Conservatives, suggesting unflagging support for the party.

He received his undergraduate degree from UNBC and became the first alumnus to be named chancellor, with a swearing-in ceremony expected in Prince George next spring.


 

Petition urges B.C. school to rethink naming James Moore its chancellor

  1. Quel Surpris !!

    A bunch of left wing kooks don’t want a former Conservative at the helm.

    Not really news.

    • It is news and injustice to Mr Moore…and Canadians need to know how the intolerant left wing cliques are dominating our Canadian public universities and using our schools to push their agenda and punish and exclude Canadians who have different political views than theirs.

      • Donisin..that isn’t even unsual.

        Even the elementary and High schools in Ontario had their teachers instructing the “kiddies” that anyone who voted for a Conservative wasn’t a real Canadian. it was pretty blatant, but since the Libs are in charge…don’t exepct anything to ever come of it.

        Acedamia is filled with folks who couldn’t find a real job….but insist that those of us with them keep paying more taxes to keep them employed in their cushy positions.

  2. The petition is an example of political bigotry in a Canadian public institution.The left wing clique that dominates our universities hate their political rivals and Moore is being unfairly depicted and persecuted by this intolerant “progressive’ mob because of his party affiliations…and hypocritically accuse him of not being open to diverse view points.
    Canadians should know about how the left dominates our universities with their ideology and seek to punish and exclude qualified Canadians from university involvement simply because they have political leanings that are different from their left wing views.

  3. “That government chose instead to practise the politics of division and intimidation”… says the petition that is explicitly expressing a demand to practise the politics of division and intimidation.

    “Supporters have signed from as far away as Kenya, Connecticut, Minnesota and Inuvik”… well, the fact that people who have absolutely no relationship with the university are signing petitions related to it’s governance sure indicates to me that this is a very serious issue.

    I find it really disturbing that the so-called “progressives” in this country think that because the Liberals won a single election, it’s suddenly appropriate to outlaw political beliefs that don’t jive with theirs. I’d hoped that the Liberals had learned a thing about humility and being humble during their decade in the dark. Apparently, they’ve just learned to amp-up the hubris and arrogance, and they’re more terrifying than ever.

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