Apart from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has another famous export who may be a more important source of national pride. Jordan Peterson (Jordy) is a clinical psychologist who treated 20 people per week for about 20 years. He is also a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He wrote what may be at this moment the best-selling book on the planet.
Perhaps you remember news of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China in 1989. There was a picture of a lone man with a briefcase standing up to a huge war tank.
In September 2016, the Canadian government proposed Bill C-16 to legally force Canadians to refer to transsexuals by the pronouns zie/hir, ey/em/eir and so on (instead of pronouns like him, her, he, she, etc). Jordy publicly refused to use what he called “compelled speech”. He said if he was charged and fined he wouldn’t pay, and if he was sent to jail for non-payment he would go on a hunger strike. In normally mild-mannered Canada, this was like the Chinese man standing up to the massive powers of the state.