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Dr. Jordan Peterson Defiantly Promises Public Broadcast of Re-Education Training Amidst Compulsory Order
Divisional Court of Ontario dismisses Peterson's appeal, citing potential professional misconduct in social media statements.
This week, Dr. Jordan Peterson faced a legal defeat in his case against the College of Psychologists of Ontario. As a result, he has been instructed to participate in re-education training in order to maintain his license. The decision came after certain statements made by Peterson in 2022 were found to be offensive by the college.
In a verdict spanning 17 pages, the Divisional Court of Ontario's Superior Court of Justice dismissed Peterson's appeal. The court determined that the statements made by the globally acclaimed clinical psychologist on social media and in interviews could potentially amount to professional misconduct. As a result, it was indicated that he would be required to ”complete a specified continuing education or remedial program (a ‘SCERP’) regarding professionalism in public statements.”
Dr. Peterson elaborated on his intentions to promote the re-education training in a video shared on Friday:
“I swear I will do this. If I am required to undergo the retraining, I will undergo the retraining and I will tape it and I will broadcast it and then everyone else can decide for themselves just exactly what the hell’s going on and whether or not I’ve contemplated my words or whether or not I’ve thought through everything I say carefully. Whether or not I have any grounds for my opinions. I don’t say things that I haven’t thought about, and thought about a lot.”
Peterson says that he plans to take the decision to the Supreme Court. “I don’t think that any judges will have either the wisdom or the courage to rule about this properly except at the Supreme Court level and I’m not particularly optimistic about that either.”
“None of my clients complained, Peterson said. “It has nothing to do with this. And I expressed my political opinions which I have a right to do.” He says that if he is to lose his license, he can instantly be licensed in at least three other jurisdictions in record time.
On Wednesday, Dr. Peterson shared a post on 𝕏, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter, discussing the court's ruling:
“So the Ontario Court of Appral [Appeal] ruled that @CPOntario can pursue their prosecution If you think that you have a right to free speech in Canada You’re delusional I will make every aspect of this public And we will see what happens when utter transparency is the rule Bring it on”.
In a subsequent post, Peterson linked a copy of the denial saying, “In keeping with that transparency here is the decision The courts are captured by the woke ideologues I knew this already but did not fully understand its extent”.
Peterson believes that a single tweet might have been the initial trigger for the preliminary court filings.
“I tweeted about Elliot Page and so I’m perfectly happy that I tweeted that particular tweet and I also think in five years nobody will admit that they were ever in favor of any of this. This is far worse than the lobotomies of the 1930s. This is inexcusable.”
The tweet Peterson is referring to was posted on June 22, 2022, and read, “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician.”
In a post dated June 28th, Mikhaila, his daughter, shared with her followers that her father's account had been struck, and she disclosed that he would only regain access to his account once he removed the comment related to Page.
This assault on freedom of expression is a familiar issue for Peterson. Going back to 2016, the media has extensively reported on Peterson's position regarding the use of "gender-neutral" pronouns. During that period, Peterson held a role as a psychology professor at the University of Toronto. He started voicing his concerns about being requested by staff and students to employ specific pronouns such as "zir," "ze," and similar terms when communicating with them.
On September 27, 2016, the clinical psychologist posted a video on his YouTube channel that sparked anger among progressive activists at the school. The talk titled “Professor against political correctness: Part I” was the first of three videos Peterson planned to make addressing the issue of political correctness being pushed at the university.
The video description of the three-part series reads:
“Part I deals with the fear that PC types are producing and the profound legal ramifications of their continual activism. Part II is a case study, assessing the PC-ification of the University of Toronto HR department. Part III is a description of what can be done at the individual level to oppose political correctness and its dangerously totalitarian aspirations.”
Peterson also tweeted the video the same day, saying, “It’s time to stand up against this movement. It’s moving from absurd to dangerous.”
Just a month later in October 2016, then-Professor Peterson discussed freedom of speech during his counter-protest (seen below) at the University of Toronto, referring to it as “the mechanism by which we keep our society functioning.”
“The consequence of free speech and the ability to speak is people can put their finger on problems, articulate what those problems are, solve them, and come to a consensus.”
Peterson discusses Canada's Bill C-16, which addresses gender identity rights, in both the video trilogy and during his counter-protest at the university. He outlines the significant concerns he identified before the bill was enacted in June 2017.
The Canadian Human Rights Act now includes "gender identity or expression" as a protected category against discrimination, and this term has also been added to the sections of the Criminal Code that address hate speech and hate crimes.
According to a policy statement released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in April 2014, page 18 reads: “Gender-based harassment can involve: (5) Refusing to refer to a person by their self-identified name and proper personal pronoun.”
The OHRC website further states:
“Generally, when in doubt, ask a person how they wish to be addressed. Use ‘they’ if you don’t know which pronoun is preferred. Simply referring to the person by their chosen name is always a respectful approach.” OHRC’s Q&A also asserts that refusing to do so may be considered discriminatory. “The law recognizes that everyone has the right to self-identify their gender and that ‘misgendering’ is a form of discrimination.”
"I've studied authoritarianism for a very long time - for 40 years - and they're started by people's attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory," Peterson told the BBC in 2016."There's no way I'm going to use words made up by people who are doing that - not a chance."
As for the latest round of pushback Peterson has endured from the Canadian government, he says the original complaint held 13 statements made over the course of 2022. That number was later reduced to seven.
Peterson announced in January 2023 that the Ontario College of Psychologists demanded he submit to “mandatory social-media communication retraining,” and outlined the grievances found in the decision.
Peterson's concerns have persisted unabated since he initially drew attention by declining to support those who demand validation of their self-delusions.
Canada’s Constitution offers no guarantee of free speech. While they do honor freedom of expression, this is measured by the rights of other Canadian citizens.
In his most recent YouTube video posted on August 25th, Dr. Peterson didn't hold back as he delved into the court's ruling and outlined his intentions to bring these re-education sessions to the digital arena to be judged by the public.
Peterson says the decision by the courts to forcibly re-educate him was“because I made political statements that the members of the college don’t agree with and those opinions involve two criticisms of Justin Trudeau, one criticism of his chief-of-staff, one criticism of an Ottawa city counselor and then my objection on Joe Rogan to the climate apocalyptic fear-mongering that idiot tyrants are foisting on the general population.”
Dr. Peterson says he will take the public with him on his journey of social media re-education by recording all of his sessions and posting them online. “I think I have a responsibility to say what I think and I think many people agree with that and I think the fundamental consequence of that around the world has been massively beneficial to people. So I think number one, what the hell, and number two, bring it on and see what happens because I will make absolutely every bit of this public in a way that the college and the courts can hardly even imagine. So, away we go.”
WATCH Dr. Jordan Peterson’s reaction in full here:
Peterson continued, “Now, apparently, that makes me unprofessional and a disgrace to the profession such that I am now going to be required, the college can go ahead with this, to put me into a re-education program with their so-called social media experts. And that’s also, by the way, a profession that does not exist until I learn my lesson, whatever that is, regardless of how much time that takes by their judgment or they can take my license away.”
He also discusses how much lying is now part of the profession of Canadian therapists, specifically referencing the gender identity of minors, saying, “That’s the only thing you’ve got as a therapist is honesty.”
Professor and author Gad Saad responded to the court’s decision in jest on Twitter/𝕏, saying, “Dear @jordanbpeterson, many people would like us to record how I’ll be guiding you through your re-education program. Perhaps we could explore this option. The people deserve to see how I’ll move you from being the Overlord of Darkness to a sensitive sneaky f***er in eight short sessions.”
Hosts from the Daily Wire, including Ben Shapiro, Michael Knowles, Andrew Klavan, and Matt Walsh also weighed in on Ontario’s denial of Peterson’s appeal on Thursday.
In the video, Matt Walsh said he is skeptical about the profession of psychology “because the entire industry has been totally ideologically captured.”
Shapiro added that he would pay good money to be in the room while Peterson takes his re-education course. It seems Shapiro may get his wish with Peterson vying to make these sessions available for public consumption online.
“Despite my proclivity to feel guilt, which is quite substantive, and despite my temperamental unwillingness to engage in conflict, not only do I not see what I did wrong, I think what I’ve done on the public communication front is my responsibility as a clinician, to tell the truth about what I see. And so, we’ll make it public in every possible way and I’ll bring to bear every single bit of public pressure I can possibly muster on this particular topic and we will watch over the next three years because that’s how long it’ll take, exactly how this plays out.” Peterson said.