HALIFAX (CP) – Saint Mary’s University in Halifax has decided against allowing a debate on racism to take place on its premises.
Philosophy professor Peter March was supposed to debate so-called “race realist” Jared Taylor at the university Tuesday night. But Saint Mary’s now says there is a higher need for security than the university can provide.
The announcement comes shortly after a group opposed to the event said it would protest outside the building where the debate was to occur.
Taylor, who advocates the separation of races, was pushed out of a hotel room by protesters.
He has filed a complaint with city police but no charges have been laid.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the debate would be held off campus.
“We also have an obligation to provide a safe environment for members of our campus community and those who visit our campus,” it said.
The university said it will reimburse March for any related expenses incurred in planning the debate.
Neither March nor Taylor were immediately available for comment.