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From the “Cheers and Jeers” section

December 22, 2008

in The Telegram (St. John’s):

Cheers: to duelling quotes. Justice Minister Tom Marshall, speaking in a House of Assembly debate on Memorial University autonomy: “I heard or I read, I believe it was Prof. Paul Wilson at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, I read it in an article I think he wrote – I don’t know who made the original statement – he said that a university can change a life, a university could change a town, a university could change a country. I believe that.” A government, though, can change a university. Here’s that same Prof. Paul Wilson, on Marshall’s own government dismissing four members of MUN’s Board of Regents: “It sends a very troublesome signal. … There is no one I have spoken to about this that can condone the action on the part of the minister of education.” Marshall won’t be quoting that in the House, we wager.

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