Dr. Jordan Peterson and Free Speech on the University Campus

On 27 September 2016, Peterson released the first part of a three part lecture video series on political correctness. In the video, he objects to the Canadian government’s Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. His objection to the bill did not concern the LGBT discrimination legal debate, but rather the freedom of speech implications of C-16’s other amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, regarding their accommodation language. Furthermore, he argued that the new amendments paired with section 46.3 of the Ontario Human Rights Code would make it possible for “employers and organizations to be subject to punishment under the code if any employee or associate says anything that can be construed as ‘directly or indirectly’ offensive.” Peterson further argues that it is necessary for people to recognize the importance of free speech and particularly free speech on college campuses. (from Wikipedia)

Dr. Peterson is an intellectual whose writings and lectures I have frequently referenced. Jordan Peterson has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. He taught at Harvard University as an Assistant and an Associate Professor before returning to Canada and taking a position at the University of Toronto.

Here is a TV episode in which he interacts with those who believe that his refusal to use pronouns approved by the Ontario Human Rights Commission constitute hate speech and criminalize him. Also go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S31Jf2WFTNU for Peterson’s explanation of the charges being leveled against him. You can track him from there if you are interested.

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