In a 6 minute broadcast, Jordan Peterson sounded the alarm bells around Ontario's Bill 67, a private members bill tabled by NDP MPP Laura Mae Lindo titled Racial Equity in the Education System Act, was introduced in December 2021.
Peterson stated, “A warning to citizens of Ontario and Canada, Bill 67, which purports to be nothing but an anti-racist bill is in fact, the most pernicious and dangerous piece of legislation that any Canadian government has attempted to put forward...It will make mandatory the subversion of the entire education system in Ontario. K–12, as well as colleges and universities to the radically leftist doctrines known as critical (race) theory — a thoroughly anti-Western ideology, both postmodern and Marxist in its derivation, based on the idea that all our extant institutions are racist, sexist, and discriminatory in their essence."
Bill 67 would ensure new teaching staff undergo so-called "anti-racism" and "equity" training. They would also be required to submit “anti-racism accountability reports". The bill would also modify the province’s Education Act, among others, and extends to post-secondary institutions in the province.
Peterson continued, “The fact that the Ontario Conservative government has allowed and even encouraged such legislation to be put forward under their aegis and then ignorant and careless enough to vote in support for it is a woeful indication of both the perniciousness and deviance of the ideas that the legislation contains and evidence of their own stunning and continual inability to see the danger such doctrines present."
“This Bill 67 threatens the integrity of all the systems that will educate all the young people in Ontario for decades to come. If it passes, the rest of the provinces in Canada will follow suit. The fact that this bill is already through second reading is inexcusable. Wake up Canadians before you do yourself and your children irreparable harm."
In a recorded vote for second reading of the bill, 72 MPPs present voted in favor — the only vote against came from Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios. The bill will now go to the standing committee for review.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant and then associate professor of psychology at Harvard. Dr. Peterson has published more than a hundred scientific papers with his colleagues and students, advancing the modern understanding of alcoholism, antisocial behavior, play, emotion, creativity, competence and personality. He was nominated for five consecutive years as one of Ontario’s Best University Lecturers, and was one of only three profs rated as “life changing” in the U of T’s underground student handbook of course ratings. Dr. Peterson is most well known for his public stand against Canada's Bill C-16 and his books "Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life & 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos".
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