The letter, penned by a multitude of groups, including Planned Parenthood and a Democratic Socialist organization, said that the venue should drop the event because the professor’s ideas “jeopardize the safety and well-being of marginalized communities, especially women and transgender people.”
An Ottawa politician called Peterson’s appearance “misogynistic” and “far-right” on the night of the event, condemning the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada for defending him: “Jordan Peterson is spreading far-right, misogynistic rhetoric in my riding tonight,” said Jenna Sudds, member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton.
“Instead of condemning Peterson’s hate, Pierre Poilievre is defending him. You can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep,” the federal representative added.
Over 5,000 attendees lined up in the approximately 14-degree weather to see the psychologist speak, with some answering media questions while they endured the cold.
“If their argument doesn’t hold water, they don’t want to argue,” one woman said in response to why the event received so much criticism from media members. “They’re afraid to hear somebody articulate say something counter to what they believe. It doesn’t fit their narrative, so they’re like ‘if I don’t like it, you’re not allowed to like it,'” she continued.
The event came just days after Dr. Peterson announced he would be organizing a counter to the World Economic Forum, telling Joe Rogan that he would be gathering with a group of invitees to discuss global philosophy and policy.
Among the topics would be energy/resources, family-centric policies, and more.
Peterson’s speaking tour continues until the end of May 2023, adding shows along the way.
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