Fired for speaking out

Professor Robert Buckingham, Madeline Kotzer/CBC News

Professor Robert Buckingham, Madeline Kotzer/CBC News


He authored a letter entitled "The Silence of the Deans." And now he, himself, has been silenced. Today, the University of Saskatchewan fired Robert Buckingham, the outspoken Executive Director of the university's School of Public Health.

His colleague Janice MacKinnon says she is stunned and angry.

In his publicly released letter, Professor Buckingham accused the university of threatening its deans by telling them not to publicly disagree with the school's restructuring plan. The plan is called TransformUS and it's meant to help the university deal with a reduced budget.

Today, Robert Buckingham was escorted from his office, lost his tenure and was banned from the campus.

Janice MacKinnon is a Professor with the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan and also a former finance Minister for the province. She tells Carol that his dismissal raises questions of academic freedom on campus.

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