The Montreal Gazette puts an interesting spin on Don Cherry's right to go on about anything:
Coach's Corner should be axed because of its pitiful content and Cherry's prison-stripe suits. (He plays at being just a plain guy, but his clothes scream exhibitionist.) For the sake of the national game, Cherry should go. However, it makes me more than a bit uncomfortable to hear calls for his head because of political incorrectitudes. Only in Canada would criticisms of hockey players bring an investigation by the Commissioner of Official Languages. We even have Jean Augustine, minister of state for multiculturalism, quoted as saying, in relation to Cherry: "The government will not tolerate statements that create dissonance in our society." What? The government will not tolerate free speech if someone happens to object? Who follows Cherry to the gallows? Tommy Schnurmacher? John Ralston Saul? Don Cherry is a conceited popinjay whose last creative idea was that players should wear jocks. But his braying, like it or not, is fair comment. Governments and commissioners should butt out.Given revelations about the spirit of expression enjoyed under the former Privacy Commissioner as well as the Crown corporation, VIA Rail, perhaps it is time for a primer to be sent out to Federal senior managers about the Charter of Rights.