A $7.5-million gift from David Asper to U of T’s Faculty of Law will establish a constitutional centre named in the donor’s honour. A significant portion of the gift – the largest ever to a law school in Canada – will also support the faculty’s recently announced building renewal and expansion. “David’s gift will have a transformative effect on constitutional rights here at home and will also play a vital role in articulating Canada’s constitutional vision to the broader world,” says law dean Mayo Moran.
Asper, executive vice-president of Can-West Global Communications, says the gift stems from a commitment to the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Constitution. “Rights, freedoms and the rule of law are everything if we are to achieve enduring success as a civilization. It takes deep commitment to test, study and evaluate our state of freedom on an ongoing basis.”