College Of Psychologists Threatens To Revoke Jordan Peterson’s License For Anti-Trudeau Tweets

Written by Sir John, Eh! on January 4, 2023

It appears that Canada’s leading intellectual is being targeted for censure because he shares his political views on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Canadian clinical psychologist, University of Toronto Professor Emeritus, and internationally popular author and speaker, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, announced on Twitter that the Ontario College of Psychologists are demanding that he submit to “reeducation” because of his tweets critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his allies, including Trudeau’s former chief advisor, (but longtime friend,) Gerald Butts.

Going after perhaps the most prominent intellectual on the planet for his political tweets?

The College of Psychologists is a government-regulated body that has the authority to regulate and sanction psychologists presumably to protect the public from abuse and harm.

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Before Peterson became a household name, he ran afoul of the Trudeau administration in 2016 for publicly opposing the law (Bill C-16) that would include “gender identity” and “gender orientation” as legally protected classes which would make “misgendering” a transgender person a crime. Peterson opposed the law saying that it would compel speech.

Shortly after his testimony before a Parliamentary committee on the issue, Peterson’s lecture videos went viral, he started a podcast, appeared on Joe Rogan, and became a viral sensation. By 2017, he had become a household name.

Peterson says he had never been investigated while he had a clinical practice and it wasn’t until 2017 that complaints were lodged against him.

“I was never investigated for anything for the 20 years I practiced prior to my emergence on the public scene,” said Dr. Peterson.

The College of Psychologists is obligated to investigate claims against him, but in the past, they were all dismissed. Most of the claims were spurious to begin with — one claimed Dr. Peterson had signed a document used in a child custody case, but the signature had been lifted from Wikipedia, another claimed that Dr. Peterson was “transphobic, sexist, and racist” for tweeting an article by Crisis Magazine that accused the transgender movement was targeting autistic children.

The move to censure Dr. Peterson is certainly in line with the pro-censorship agenda pushed by the Trudeau administration. There are currently several bills that will significantly curb speech in Canada — including on social media platforms. Dr. Peterson has been a vocal critic of Bill C-11 colloquially known in Canadian conservative circles as “The Online Censorship Bill.”

As a YouTube content creator with millions of followers, this is a relevant issue for Dr. Peterson. And as a student of history who so often decries government tyranny, this is a path he doesn’t want to see Canada go down.

Dr. Peterson says that despite his millions of followers — many of whom have attested that his teachings have made their lives better — the College of Psychiatrists is taking seriously a handful of complaints from all over the world that claim “harm” from tweets and public statements by Peterson, which could result in the revocation of his license as a clincial psychologist.

The Daily Wire, who just a few months ago announced their partnership with Dr. Peterson, reported on the move by the Ontario College of Psychologists.

The current grievance against Peterson is just the latest of several investigated by the college, with prior complaints having been dismissed. Peterson’s latest alleged transgressions include retweeting Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s criticism of Trudeau, blasting Trudeau’s former senior aide, Gerald Butts, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, tweeting opposition to a plan by Ottawa police to take custody of the children of the Trucker Convoy protesters, and telling Joe Rogan’s podcast audience that acceptance of radical gender theory is a sign of “civilizations collapsing” and that climate change models are unreliable.
Peterson called Butts a “stunningly corrupt and incendiary fool” and a “prik” in a pair of February tweets. In another tweet in February, at the height of Canada’s trucker protest against vaccine mandates, Peterson called Trudeau a “Puppet.” The tweets were among a tranche sent to the college in early March by an anonymous complainant.
College Executive Director Rick Morris said he reviewed the tweets, as well as a transcript from Peterson’s January 25, 2022, appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and determined they warranted an investigation.
Source: The Daily Wire

The article adds that the investigation has expanded to include a May tweet from Peterson about plus-sized Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Yumi Nu. Peterson wrote, “Sorry. Not beautiful,” wrote Peterson. “And no amount of authoritarian tolerance is going to change that.”

It also includes the tweet that got Peterson suspended from Twitter — Peterson had tweeted about Ellen Page, who won an Academy Award for “Best Actress” for her role in Juno in 2008, and “came out” as a transgender man in 2020 and now goes by the name Elliot Page. “Remember when pride was a sin? And Ellen Page just had her breasts removed by a criminal physician,” wrote Peterson.

Going after Peterson for his political tweets may be the smokescreen to deflect from the Tras-Radical Activists (TRA) that go scorched-earth on anyone that dares disagree with them.

 

Twitter’s new “Chief Twit” and prolific tweeter, Elon Musk replied to Dr. Peterson’s thread with two exclamation marks.

Peterson is right that others are going through the same thing for voicing the “wrong” opinions.

ClashDaily just reported on a math teacher that may have his teaching license revoked for a rather innocuous 2017 “misgendering” incident involving a student that he later apologized for.

Interestingly, like Dr. Peterson, these complaints also fall afoul of the radical trans activists.

Dr. Peterson says that he is committed to be as open about the process as possible.

But then again, it could be because of the political tweets. Dr. Peterson has been very vocal about his political views.

Peterson has long been critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but he’s ramped up his criticism since his return to Twitter. He was particularly combative around Christmas.

And continues to be. Here is a tweet from yesterday:

He’s criticized Trudeau for his COVID policies, pushing censorship, and (not a surprise for a guy that grew up in Alberta,) for Trudeau’s anti-fossil fuel positions.

But, he’s also critical of Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) which is neither “new” nor very “democratic” — think of it like the AOC “Democratic Socialist” wing of the U.S.’s Democratic Party.

The Liberals and NDP made a deal in 2021 to prop up the Liberal government after Trudeau failed to secure the majority he had been seeking when he called an election during the pandemic and just 2 years after the last one.

The deal meant that the NDP would support Liberal government motions so another election wasn’t triggered since Trudeau couldn’t just ram through legislation at will.

What does he think of the new leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre?

It’s no secret to anyone who listens to Peterson that he leans conservative politically.

Like many right-wingers in Canada, he seems to be a fan of the guy that is basically center-right and has spent his entire political career focused on fiscal responsibility — that’s truly an anomaly in Canada.

Peterson had him on his podcast to do a long-form interview as he was running for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.

And the most damning of all…

Peterson followed up on Wednesday with screenshots of the agreement he has been asked to sign.

Among the things listed, Dr. Peterson has to admit that he “may have lacked professionalism in public statements made on social media” as well as on his January 2022 appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and agree to pay for the “re-education” sessions which must be completed in 6 months. It also acknowledges that he might lose his license even if he does comply if the “coach” he pays to re-educate him finds in her final report that the issues being addressed have not been “appropriately remediated in the public interest.”

Meanwhile, there’s an absolute peach of a guy that makes over $200k a year as a law professor in the Nation’s Capital despite his consistently abusive Twitter account.

Maybe there aren’t a bunch of complaints about Attaran because nobody cares about some idiot on Twitter… but the guy changing the lives of (mostly) young men, well, he’s a threat to the ideological, deconstructionist Left.

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Sir John, Eh!
Sir John, Eh! Is ClashDaily's Canadian Correspondent who occasionally weighs in on what's going on in America's hat.