Canada to Ann Coulter: Watch Your Mouth

If there's anyone who knows how to turn America's freedom of speech laws into a payday, it's Ann Coulter. The sometimes incendiary and always controversial conservative commentator has made millions on books and speeches that refer to liberalism as "a mental disorder" and progressives as "godless." But does her ability to incite at the expense of others end when she leaves the country? Apparently it does. This week, a group of conservative students invited Coulter to speak at the University of Ottawa in Canada, which has very different free-speech laws than its southern neighbor. To avoid potential problems (or even Coulter landing in jail), one of the campus's top administrators sent Coulter a sharply worded yet perfectly polite letter. An excerpt:

I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or "free speech") in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.

Ouch. But lest the administrator's words be read as abrupt or abrasive, he signed it with typical Canadian congeniality: "I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus."