“I would ask him to consider the possibility that his emphasis on tribal inequality might… do more harm than good.”
Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and a popular intellectual, responded to a question asking what he would say to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a Q&A at the Oxford Union Society on Sunday.
The audience member wanted to know what Peterson would say to Trudeau if he had his ear for five minutes and “could present very simply to him where he might be going wrong.” Peterson’s intentionally pregnant pause after hearing the question drew laughs from the audience.
Trudeau has been accused of being too politically correct at times. He drew backlash in February for telling a woman to use the word “people kind” instead of “mankind.”
Australian conservative commentator Rita Panahi said the use of “peoplekind” was made to “appease those desperate to find offense where none exists,” according to The Guardian.
A recent Canadian peacekeeping deployment under Trudeau’s administration nearly reached the United Nation’s goal of having 15 percent female soldiers, CBC News reported.
Trudeau has also become something of a liberal darling for many Americans who see him as a foil to President Donald Trump, whose brashness provides a stark contrast to the politically correct orthodoxy of Trudeau.
Last year, Rolling Stone teased a fawning profile of the Canadian prime minister with an envious cover line: “Why Can’t He Be Our President?”
— Slate (@Slate) July 27, 2017
More recently, after the G7 summit, Trump called Trudeau “dishonest and weak” in a tweet. The two leaders have disagreed over tariffs with Trudeau declaring that Canada will not be “pushed around” by Trump.
Here’s the play-by-play:
An audience member asked Peterson what he would say to Trudeau, a man she believes is attempting to be the most politically correct leader in the world: “I’d love to hear your response if you had his ear for five minutes and could present very simply to him where he might be going wrong.”
Peterson thought hard before he said that Trudeau must open to changing his political philosophy: “I would ask him to consider the possibility that his emphasis on tribal inequality might — if there’s any possibility that he could see any way that that might do more harm than good.”
According to Peterson, his country (Canada) never considers the other side of the argument: “I certainly don’t see it in our provincial government.”
Peterson continued by critiquing an identity politics mindset that divides people into labels or demographics: “I see the initial low resolution act of dividing people into their tribal groups in that manner as something that can do nothing but bear evil fruit in the long run.”