The Canadian court has recently upheld the sanctioning of Dr. Jordan Peterson, a decision made by a psychologist governing body that targeted Peterson due to his criticisms of transgender ideology, climate alarmism and the Canadian government.
The College of Psychologists of Ontario, which has shown a clear inclination towards radical gender theory in recent times, has issued threats to revoke Peterson’s clinical psychology license based on his social media activity unless he enrolls in a “specified continuing education or remedial program.”
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice, this past Wednesday, mandated Peterson to pay a sum of $25,000 to the College of Psychologists. Furthermore, the court reinforced the order that Peterson must undergo a social media education program. The organization’s actions against Peterson are not based on his professional interactions with patients. Instead, they are penalizing, fining and attempting to “reeducate” him due to his public remarks, which include those made on social media platforms and during podcast interviews.
“So the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that [the College of Psychologists of Ontario] can pursue their prosecution,” Peterson said. “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.”
The College of Psychologists has listed several of Peterson’s actions as offenses. These include retweeting Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre’s critique of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, expressing disapproval of a former senior Trudeau aide, and voicing his opposition to the Ottawa police taking the children of Trucker Convoy protesters into custody.
Peterson’s other so-called offenses encompass criticisms not directly related to the Canadian government. For instance, he commented on Joe Rogan’s podcast that accepting radical gender theory indicates “civilizations collapsing,” labeled climate change models as unreliable, and criticized “Sports Illustrated” for featuring a plus-sized swimsuit model on its cover.
The recent court ruling denied Peterson’s application to prevent the forced training. The court believed that the College of Psychologists had a significant public interest in regulating Peterson’s public statements.
“I have concluded that the application should be dismissed. In my view, the Decision of the ICRC [Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee] adequately and reasonably considered Dr. Peterson’s statements in the context of the College’s statutory mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest,” wrote Judge Paul Schabas. Schabas further mentioned that the order does not restrict Dr. Peterson from discussing controversial topics and has a minimal impact on his right to freedom of expression.
Before the decision’s release on Tuesday, Peterson declared his stance by posting it on the platform X.
“The decision of an Ontario court re the allegations levied against me by [the College of Psychologists of Ontario] is due tomorrow. I stand by what I have said and done and wish them luck in their continued prosecution. They’re going to need it,” Peterson stated. “I tweeted and otherwise expressed my opposition to trans surgery butchery, [Justin Trudeau] and his minions, and the lying climate apocalypse-mongers. All that’s looking pretty good from my end. And if I can’t express such opinions in Canada, I will let the world know.”
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