Poilievre defends free speech in light of Jordan Peterson’s latest test

Freedom of speech in Canada is what distinguishes the country from dictatorships, said Conservative Party leader Pierre Polivre. video Released Jan. 6, it addresses the imposition of potential sanctions against psychologist and author Jordan Peterson for his views shared online.

“It goes without saying that in a free country, professionals should not lose their jobs or licenses for expressing political opinions contrary to government-mandated licensing bodies,” said Polivre.

The College of Ontario Psychologists (CPO) Said Peterson will need to be retrained to “address issues related to professionalism in public statements.”

Peterson said he faces disciplinary court and risks losing his license if he doesn’t cooperate, and is currently filing an application for judicial review in the Ontario District Court.

of Complaint The opposition to Peterson is mostly related to his comments on Twitter, one of which concerns him reposting Poilievre’s tweet.

“COVID has become a never-ending excuse for power-hungry authorities to replace our freedom with their rule. Let’s take back our freedom,” Polivre wrote on Jan. 23.

This was days before the Freedom Convoy arrived in Ottawa to protest the measures, days after the federal government and the United States imposed vaccine mandates on truck drivers at the border.

“Enough. Enough COVID obligations. Throw away the damn masks and ridiculous rules and start your life over. Today,” Peterson wrote in a Jan. 24 reply.

Polivre said in the video that his “liberal critics of the media” used his comments on the Peterson case to claim he agreed with him 100%. He said he would, but he didn’t.

“I’m sure there are things he posted that I disagree with, but that doesn’t matter because free speech only matters if you disagree,” he said. rice field.

“And that’s what distinguishes Canada, a free country, from a dictatorship.”

Polivre says people are increasingly at risk of losing their jobs and status as the “cancellation culture” and “awakened movement” spread the ideology to college campuses, the media and “larger and more powerful corporations.” He said he was exposed.

“I don’t think that’s the Canada we want.”

The Conservative Party leader urged all sectors of society to become involved and replace the ‘awakened left’ in a video address at Canada’s Strong and Free Networking Conference in Red Deer, Alberta on Sept. 15. I told right-wing Canadians. twenty four.

Peterson’s clashes with the CPO include other attempts to curtail his views, including suspension under the previous Twitter administration, revocation of his fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and obstruction of public speaking by protesters. It follows.

Noe Chartier

Noé Chartier is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret