Dr. Jordan Peterson spoke at a classical liberalism seminar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in April, where he provided some post-Trucker Convoy insights on the Trudeau Liberals, the Canadian media, and the mindset of his country.
Peterson was showed a clip where Trudeau said that the people of Ottawa did not deserve to be "confronted with the inherent violence of a swastika flying on a street corner or a confederate flag, or the insults and jeers just because they're wearing a mask," after a small number of unidentified protestors arrived at the first day of the rally with inappropriate imagery in hand.
"I can hardly even look at him," said Peterson, before being asked how can discourse in a great democracy become so polarized "that Jordan Peterson and the prime minister look at exactly the same set of events and come to opposite conclusions about them."
"He's lying and I'm not. So that's a big part of the issue," Peterson started.
"I don't believe that he ever says a word that's true from what I've been able to observe, it's all stage acting. He's crafted a persona, he has a particular instrumental goal in mind and everything is subordinated to serve that.
"The same motivation that is generally typical of people who are narcissistic, which is to be credited with moral virtue in the absence of the work necessary to actually attain it," he said.
"He's playing a role. You know, the swastika thing is just like, really? About Canadians? We're going to be worried about Nazis in Canada? I had protests for example, where people accused me of attracting nazis. First of all, that just isn't a thing in Canada, there isn't a Nazi tradition, and I don't know anyone in Canada who ever met anyone who met anyone whose Canadian who is a Nazi. So that's just a non-starter," he continued.
Peterson was critical of Trudeau for using the swastika as a scapegoat to dismiss the entire protest, adding that there is not even clear evidence that the person who flew the swastika flag at the protest was a Nazi.
"When that sort of thing gets dragged into the conversation right off the bat, that Canadians shouldn't be subjected to the inherent violence of the swastika, first of all it's not even obvious what that swastika was doing there. There's reasonable evidence to suggest that the person who was waving it was either a plant or someone who was making the comment that that was what was characteristic of the government, not of what they believed," said Peterson.
"Now, no one knows because the story around that event is messy and it's not like there were credible journalists who were going in there to investigate thoroughly. But to use that, and the confederate flag issue is exactly the same thing," he added.
Peterson then delved into the Trudeau Liberals' use of the Emergencies Act, which he says he needed to read through thousands of tweets from Liberals to understand the mentality of those who support Trudeau.
"You know, the story in Canada that our prime minister implemented the Emergencies Act, and so the question was why? So I went on Twitter when this was trending and read at least 5,000 Twitter comments to try and get a sense. These are people who are supporting Trudeau in his application of the Emergencies Act, I was trying to figure out 'what do they believe is happening?' And the story seems to be... and maybe I'm wrong... 'Make America Great Again' conservative republicans on the pretty far right were attempting to destabilize Canadian democracy," said Peterson.
"And so my question was, well, what makes you think they care, first of all about Canada and its democracy, and second, why in the world would they possibly do that? You need a motive for a crime like that. And that was at the same time that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which is subsidized by the Liberals to the tune of $1.2 billion a year, was insisting that most of the money that the truckers raised was foreign-financed. If it wasn't the bloody Russians, then it was the American conservatives, and so that all turned out to be a complete lie.
After the protests, it was discovered that the vast majority of donors to the freedom convoy in Ottawa were from Canadians, according to the president of GoFundMe.
During a House of Commons public safety and national security committee meeting, President Juan Benitez admitted that nearly 90 percent of donations to the movement were from Canada.
He said that roughly $1.2 million came from outside the US. 88 percent of the funds were donated by Canadians, with 86 percent of the donors being Canadian.
"Fine, so it's Republican right-wingers trying to destabilize Canadian democracy. Why? No one has an answer for that, because, what's in it for them? And then, okay, three days later, the Emergencies Act was lifted.
"And I thought okay, now what are they going to make of that, what could possibly be the rationale for that, and the rationale was 'well that just shows you how effective he was, we had this coup ready to go that was financed by Americans apparently and prime minister acted so forthrightly that we only needed to be under the strictures of the Emergencies Act for three days. It's like, okay, I don't even know what sort of world I exist in where those things are happening," said Peterson.
Peterson then ruminated on why Canadians buy into the mainstream narrative so handedly.
"Why do Canadians buy this to the degree they do, and I think they're faced with a hard choice, because in my country for 150 years you could trust the basic institutions, you could trust the government, doesn't matter what political parties were running it... from the socialists to the conservatives. the socialists were mostly union types and they were trying to give the working class a voice, and honestly so," said Peterson.
"You could trust the media, even the CBC was a reliable source of news. None of that's true now, so Canadians are asked a hard choice, or were in the trucker convoy situation, and the choice was; either all your institutions are almost irretrievably corrupt, or the truckers were financed by, like, right-wing republican Americans. Well, both of those are preposterous, you might as well take the one that's least disruptive to your entire sense of security. And so I think that's what Canadians did, mostly," he added.