Let’s be real. Writing this is a trap. There’s no winning when critiquing U of T professor Dr. Jordan Peterson plays into what he wants: proof that “political correctness” is something insidious and the “social justice warriors” are out to get him.
It might be a lost cause to convince Peterson otherwise. After all, he’s a tenured and very popular University of Toronto psychology professor who went viral for saying non-binary identities are not valid and that he would refuse to use gender-neutral pronouns requested by a hypothetical non-binary student.
Policy isn’t law. In these slightly euphoric times when all orders of Canadian government are celebrating their commitments to openness, open government, and open data, we need to remember this fact: policy is not law. If our federal and provincial governments should change in the next elections, the open data policies that they’ve created could go right out the window.