Canada is apparently “all-in” when it comes to political correctness. The country’s politicians just passed a law known as C-16 which would make it a crime to use the wrong gender pronoun. The law has been critizised by many Canadian citizens who argue that simply using the wrong word could result in people being accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and forced to take anti-bias training.
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C-16 has divided the country as some argue that the bill infinges upon their freedom of speech. Others suggest the bill has been long overdue.
It should come as no surprise that social justice warriors lauded the bill, with many saying this is just the first step of many for equal rights for all.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, echoed similair sentiments as he took to twitter shortly after the bill’s approval. “Great news: Bill C-16 has passed the Senate – making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove.”
The country’s attorney and Minister of Justice General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, expressed similair approval for the bill. “Proud that Bill C-16 has passed in the Senate. All Canadians should feel #FreeToBeMe,” she wrote.
A University of Toronto professor, Jordan Peterson, has been an outspoken opponent of the bill. Last Thursday he told Canandian politicians, “We will seriously regret this.” Peterson feels that the bill’s only purpose is to show political correctness and to fall in line with trasngender ideology.
“[Ideologues are] using unsuspecting and sometimes complicit members of the so-called transgender community to push their ideological vanguard forward,” he told the Senate.
He continued by stating: “The very idea that calling someone a term that they didn’t choose causes them such irreparable harm that legal remedies should be sought [is] an indication of just how deeply the culture of victimization has sunk into our society.”
Peterson also has carried his opposition of the bill into his classroom, where he tells students he will not refer to them as their pronoun.
Only time will tell if this bill will cause more harm than good, but one thing we know for sure. The Canadian courts will be awfully busy handling a lot of “he said, she said” cases.