I participated today in this process – it was very serious and difficult.

National Post | News

The Canadian Association of University Teachers passed a motion Friday to initiate a process of censure against Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo for their involvement in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, which is a partnership among the two universities and RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie’s Centre for International Governance (CIGI).

The move comes just weeks after York University rejected Mr. Balsillie’s controversial bid to broker a $60-million collaboration between the school and his private think tank amid concerns over academic freedom.

“CIGI is confident that academic freedom… will continue to be protected with the utmost rigor,” the centre’s executive director, Thomas Bernes, said Friday in a response to the censure motion. “A recently passed governance document reaffirms the integrity of the partnership and a commitment to teaching and research of the highest standard.”

In a joint statement issued Friday, Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo also cited their “strong…

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