CAUT questions uToronto response to professor’s statements on gender, free speech

October 24, 2016

The Canadian Association of University Teachers has stated that the University of Toronto might be testing Canada’s free-speech rights in its effort to discourage psychology professor Jordan Peterson from speaking on his refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns, reports the Globe and Mail. CAUT Executive Director David Robinson says that the question of whether Peterson’s comments can be limited under Canadian law is debatable, and that “the onus is on the university to prove that his refusal to use certain pronouns constitutes a violation of law.” When asked by the Globe what he would do if asked to use a student’s preferred gender pronoun, Peterson said, “I guess I would say no, then I am probably prosecuted for a hate crime, that would be my guess.” Globe and Mail