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Documents claim Saskatchewan premier, minister not involved in university firing

SASKATOON — Court documents say the Saskatchewan government had nothing to do with firing the president of the University of Saskatchewan.

Ilene Busch-Vishniac filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging Premier Brad Wall and former advanced education minister Rob Norris played roles in her termination.

Statements of defence recently filed on behalf of Wall and Norris describe the suit as frivolous and an attempt to exert political pressure.

The documents say the board made the decision independently.

Busch-Vishniac was fired in 2014 following an outpouring of support for professor Robert Buckingham.

Buckingham was stripped of his tenure for speaking out about budget cuts, but was rehired after a public outcry.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The Canadian Press

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