Premier Ford allegedly met with Jordan Peterson

Published On January 28, 2019 | By denissa palmer | Politics

 

Jordan Peterson speaking with attendees at the 2018 Young Women’s Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel in Dallas, Texas. (Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore)

Denissa Palmer

Questions are being raised about Premier Doug Ford’s intentions after an apparent meeting with controversial York University professor, Jordan Peterson. Shortly after an FOI was requested by the CBC, a copy of Ford’s schedule for the months of October and November was retrieved.

Since Ford was elected, the media has continued to ask for copies of his daily itinerary, which had been expected from previous premiers. Although there has not been any official evidence that the meeting actually happened, some people are curious about the reason behind the meeting.

Jordan Peterson’s fields of study include politics, religion, and psychology. Through his speeches and media presence, he has become one of the most controversial figures in Canada because of his views on identity politics, political correctness and postmodernism.

In March of 2018, a woman was arrested after protesting against Jordan Peterson’s speech at Queen’s University. Local reporters reported that over 150 people were a part of the rally against Peterson due to his views on Bill C-16, a law to support gender diversity, freedom of speech, trans-gender rights and pronoun use. The woman faced numerous charges after breaking a window where Peterson’s speech was being held.

That same year, Peterson filed a $1.5 million defamation lawsuit against two professors at Wilfred Laurier University after teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was disciplined for using one of Peterson’s videos in a lecture about Bill C-16.

Drucilla Crearer is studying for a Bachelor of Education at York University and has her own thoughts on Peterson’s intentions on meeting with Ford.

“Considering their meeting took place after Doug Ford had already received backlash about changing the sex education curriculum, I feel as though Jordan Peterson would have done more convincing to keep the old sex education curriculum that removes all pronouns and modern ideas about sexuality,” Crearer says.

Crearer has been doing her placement at a school in Toronto and has been able to see the disadvantages of students struggling with their own identity.

“This makes me feel as though Ford is looking for justification for pushing the sex education backwards. I’m disappointed, as I strongly disagree with the changes made to the sex ed. I don’t feel like students would definitely protest if he were to ever come to York,” Crearer continued.

Nonetheless, Peterson’s last book “12 Rules of Life” has been named one of the number one National and International bestsellers of 2018. It has gotten four out of five stars on most, if not all, book review websites.

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