TORONTO, March 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto psychology professor, has won the cheers of conservatives and the scorn of progressives for his forceful commentary on some of the biggest cultural conflicts facing Canada. But it appears he has saved some of his most searing words for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who he calls the “most dangerous woman in Canada.”
In an interview with the Toronto Sun published Monday, Peterson called Wynne an “utter disaster,” a “no good” politician who evokes William Shakespeare’s line in Hamlet that “one may smile and smile and be a villain.”
In Peterson’s view, Wynne symbolizes just how far Ontario’s current Liberal government has veered from its predecessors, from its disregard for “what the institution originally stood for,” to her investment in identity politics and the “excess of compassion” that epitomizes the modern social justice movement.
“Everyone in Ontario is not her grandchild, not her new granddaughter infant,” Peterson said. “We’re not infants, we don’t need that much compassion.”
The bulk of Peterson’s critique concerned the state of Ontario universities under her watch, which he says is “way worse than people think” thanks to the rise of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
“I read the documentation for the social justice tribunals and for the Ontario human rights commission and all of that, they have the right to suspend jurisprudential precedents,” Peterson explained. “Oh really? Oh you do, do you? Okay, what exactly does that mean? Well, I know what it means. It means that English common law is an oppressive patriarchy and when necessary we won’t abide by its dictates because it interferes with our ideological agenda.”
These human rights laws have also been used to infringe on freedom of expression. Last June, the Canadian Senate voted 67 to 11 to add “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the country’s Human Rights Code and the Criminal Code’s hate crime language, potentially going so far as to punish private citizens for not using a transgender individual’s preferred gender pronouns.
As a result, Peterson says, the presumption of innocence that used to be one of the foundations of western justice has been replaced “with ‘believe the accused’ and ‘preponderance of evidence.’”
In summary, Peterson says he finds Wynne to be a “reprehensible ideologue” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” – so reprehensible, in fact, that “I don’t know if I would shake her hand if I met her.” He allowed that he might do so out of respect for the office she holds, but made clear that it would not be out of respect for the person.
Wynne has championed a variety of radically left-wing causes, including a sex education curriculum that teaches there are six different genders and introduces the subjects of homosexuality and “gender identity” at Grade 3, masturbation as early as Grade 4, and oral and anal sex in Grade 7; legislation empowering the government to take children from parents critical of the homosexual and transgender agendas; and taxpayer-subsidized abortion drugs.