Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Jordan Peterson has announced he is deeply considering running against incumbent Justin Trudeau for Prime Minister of Canada.
After months of objecting to Trudeau’s social reform policies and his stance on migrants, the last straw appears to be Trudeau’s latest political melodrama: people-kind.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” in early February, Peterson was asked about a forum where Trudeau instructed an audience member to use the term “people-kind” instead of mankind. Peterson said this behavior was par for the course.
“It’s quite the performance. I mean, I’m afraid that our prime minister is only capable of running his ideas on a few very narrow ideological tracts. We saw the first evidence of that when he put his cabinet together. He insisted upon making it 50 percent women despite the fact that only about 22 percent of the elected MP’s were women,” Peterson said. “It was easier for him to do that than it was for him to screen people for the sort of competence that would actually be necessary to be cabinet members.”
In an exclusive interview this weekend with the Toronto Sun, Peterson took issue with the Prime Minister’s authoritarian intrusion into the very language of Canadian citizens. He also had some strong words for Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling her “the most dangerous woman in Canada.
He dubbed Trudeau a “Peter Pan”prime minister, and Under Wynne’s leadership, the Ontario Liberals have “moved to the left of previous NDP governments,” he said. He added that Trudeau got most of his political ideology and reactionary rhetoric under the influence of Wynne’s mentorship.
“Most of Trudeau’s worst ideas, including his ‘gender equity’ budget for 2018, flow out of the work that Wynne was already doing in Ontario,” he said. “I think Kathleen Wynne is an utter disaster,” Peterson said. “I think she’s the most dangerous woman in Canada.”
Peterson pointed out that there is the actual concept of equality, and then there is the egalitarian notion of equality promoted by the radical left, and he reiterated including Wynne in this movement, that seeks not equal opportunity, but equal outcome.
“They’re not so interested in the idea of useful productivity and they’re not aligned with the idea that perhaps disproportionate reward should flow to those who put more effort and time into things,” Peterson said. When the Sun reporter countered that Wynne is generally viewed as a nice person, even a “grandmotherly type,” Peterson eloquently quoted Shakespeare: “One may smile and smile and smile and still be a villain.”
“Everyone in Ontario is not her grandchild. We’re not infants, we don’t need that much compassion and her insistence on identity politics is unacceptable. The things that have happened under her watch at the universities are unacceptable, they’re way worse than people think.”
Peterson sees the incremental legal and social evolution of the Ontario Human Rights tribunal as a prime example of Wynne’s radical leftist ideology put into practice, noting that under her tenure as Canadian Premier, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty has been entirely lost, not unlike the U.K.’s recent move toward criminalizing contempt.
“We’re replacing that with ‘believe the accused’ and ‘preponderance of evidence’ and it’s part of the assault on English common law, which is regarded by the postmodern, neomarxists as just another narrative, and part of the patriarchal tyranny,” he said.
When asked if he had any political aspirations, he responded that while he believes he has more to offer assessing politics through a psychological lens, he may indeed run against Trudeau in the next election if Canada continues down its present path.