Dr. Jordan Peterson has exposed a list of demands made by the College of Psychologists, which includes the threat of revoking his license if the famed psychologist doesn’t fulfill its “re-education” orders.
“I have formally indicated my refusal to comply @CPOntario,” Peterson tweeted.
Peterson attached a screenshot of the College’s demands which he is to “acknowledge and undertake” regarding his so-called “unprofessional” conduct.
“I acknowledge that the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (IRCC) of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (College) is concerned about the following aspects of my public statements contained in the Registrar’s Report dated May 17, 2022:
- That I may have lacked professionalism in public statements on social media and during a January 25, 2022, podcast appearance.”
The College orders Peterson to attend a coaching program “to review, reflect on, and ameliorate my professionalism in public statements.”
Within six months of starting the program, a “Coach” would assess Peterson’s performance to determine whether he requires more time in re-education classes.
The letter does not specify what Peterson said to require re-education. Rather, the letter generally blames his “social media” posts and comments Peterson made on a four-hour episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast.
However, in a tweet on Tuesday, Peterson said the College is demanding he submit himself to mandatory social-media communication retraining for the “crimes” of retweeting federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre and criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his allies.
Peterson said the College informed him of a dozen complaints against him from people all over the world, pertaining to things he’s written on Twitter and things he said on Rogan’s podcast.
According to the letter, the College is also requiring Peterson to pay for the re-education training.
“I am aware that if I do not comply with the terms set out in this Acknowledgment and Undertaking, this may result in an allegation of professional misconduct, and the College may take disciplinary action in this regard,” the letter stipulates.
Peterson’s history of refusing to comply with self-censorship stems back to his time at the University of Toronto.
In 2016, despite his then-employer’s attempts to silence him, Peterson refused to stop speaking about Bill C-16 because he took issue with its legal enforcement that people use certain words, specifically about gender.
The legislation added gender identity and gender orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act, making it illegal to deny someone a job or discriminate against them in the workplace based on the gender they identify with or outwardly express.
Peterson said Bill C-16 would trample free speech and criminalize freedom of expression.
“These laws are the first laws that I’ve seen that require people under the threat of legal punishment to employ certain words, to speak a certain way, instead of merely limiting what they’re allowed to say,” he told The Toronto Sun at the time.
More recently, Peterson refused to delete a tweet that would have instantly restored his Twitter account. The tweet in question referred to transgender actor Elliot Page by Page’s former name, Ellen, and suggested Page’s breasts were removed “by a criminal physician.”
Peterson’s account was restored when Elon Musk bought Twitter.