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Peterson Ordered to Report to Reeducation Camp for Criticizing Trudeau *UPDATED*
Tom Finnerty • 04 Jan, 2023 • 4 Min Read
First the bad news: he's still PM.
Read this and weep:
BREAKING: the Ontario College of Psychologists @CPOntario has demanded that I submit myself to mandatory social-media communication retraining with their experts for, among other crimes, retweeting @PierrePoilievre and criticizing @JustinTrudeau and his political allies.
About a dozen people from all over the world submitted complaints about my public statements on Twitter and Rogan over a four year period (out of the 15 million who follow me on social media) claiming that I had "harmed" people (not them) with my views.
Dr. Peterson, the best-selling author of 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos, goes on to say,
We are now in a situation in Canada under @JustinTrudeau where practicing professionals can have their livelihoods and public reputations threatened in a very serious manner for agreeing with the Official Opposition and criticizing major government figures.... Canadians: your physicians, lawyers, psychologists and other professionals are now so intimidated by their commissar overlords that they fear to tell you the truth. This means that your care and legal counsel has been rendered dangerously unreliable.
Peterson rose to stardom in 2016 for his YouTube videos criticizing the Trudeau Government's Bill C-16, which added "gender identity" discrimination to Canada's criminal code. Peterson argued that this was a violation of the basic human rights of freedom of speech and thought, and vowed not to comply. His initial video went viral, as did his subsequent videos on the subject, and then his videos on nearly every subject.
Since that time he has developed into one of the deepest thinkers and most effective communicators of conservative ideas in the English speaking world. His podcast garners millions of listeners, and he's tackled some of the thorniest political topics of our age, including the climate madness which is our primary concern here at The Pipeline.
All of this has made Peterson a target. There have been numerous attempts to "cancel" him by branding him as racist or misogynistic or transphobic, or whatever hateful term of the moment is. This move by the Ontario College of Psychologists to threaten Peterson's clinical license and livelihood is just the latest. And, despite the flimsy nature of these allegations, it might just succeed where the others have failed. That's because in Canada, a nation which has already abandoned the freedoms of speech and assembly—take a look at our coverage of last year's Freedom Convoy, and the Trudeau government's reprehensible treatment of those who participated in and supported it—due process too is increasingly a dead letter.
Kudos to Dr. Peterson for continuing to fight. We hope he prevails against this injustice, for his sake and for the sake of the once great nation of Canada. But we're not holding our breath. Somehow one senses that the worst is yet to come.
Peterson explained his stance in the pages of Canada's National Post:
If I agree to this, then I must admit that I have been unprofessional in my conduct, and to have that noted publicly, even as the college insists that I am not required to admit to any wrongdoing. If I refuse — and I have (of course) refused — the next step is a mandatory public disciplinary session/inquiry and the possible suspension of my clinical licence (all of which will be also announced publicly).
I should also point out that the steps already taken constitute the second most serious possible response to my transgressions on the part of the college. I have been placed in the category of repeat offender, with high risk of further repetition.
What exactly have I done that is so seriously unprofessional that I am now a danger not only to any new potential clients but to the public itself? It is hard to tell with some of the complaints (one involved the submission of the entire transcript of a three-hour discussion on the Joe Rogan podcast), but here are some examples that might produce some reasonable concern among Canadians who care about such niceties as freedom of belief, conscience and speech:
I retweeted a comment made by Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre about the unnecessary severity of the COVID lockdowns;
I criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;
I criticized Justin Trudeau’s former chief of staff, Gerald Butts;
I criticized an Ottawa city councillor; and
I made a joke about the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
I did all that “disrespectfully,” by the way, in a “horrific” manner that spread “misinformation”; that was “threatening” and “harassing”; that was “embarrassing to the profession.” I am also (these are separate offences) sexist, transphobic, incapable of the requisite body positivity in relationship to morbid obesity and, unforgivably of all, a climate change denialist.
For criticizing our prime minister and his cronies and peers, for retweeting Pierre Poilievre, the leader of the official Opposition in Canada, and for holding and for daring to express reprehensible political views, I have now been convicted by the College of Psychologists of “harming” people in some manner serious enough to justify my forced re-education. Now that I have refused, I will definitely face further exceptionally public, demanding, time-consuming and expensive disciplinary action, including the suspension of my licence. This, despite the fact that none of the people whose complaints are being currently pursued were ever clients of mine, or even knew clients of mine, or even knew or were acquainted with any of the people they claim I am harming. This, despite the fact (and please attend to this) that half the people who levied such complaints falsely claimed that they had in fact been or currently are clients of mine...
In any case: I’m not complying. I’m not submitting to re-education. I am not admitting that my viewpoints — many of which have, by the way, been entirely justified by the facts that have emerged since the complaints were levied — were either wrong or unprofessional. I’m going to say what I have to say, and let the chips fall where they will. I have done nothing to compromise those in my care; quite the contrary — I have served all my clients and the millions of people I am communicating with to the best of my ability and in good faith, and that’s that.