This always gets massively overblown by the zealous bigot crowd, the kind who immediately jump at any opportunity to paint themselves as the oppressed majority largely because they have no bloody clue what true oppression actually feels like.
So let's start out with manners. If someone introduces themselves as Roberto, but asks that you call them Bob, what do you do? If you're a polite and sensible human being, chances are you'd call them Bob. You wouldn't persistently refer to this guy as Roberto unless you deliberately wanted to piss that person off.
Makes sense right? So if someone introduces themselves as Margaret, but asks that you call them Bill, it's really just common decency to use their chosen name, and by extension, chosen pronoun, when possible. This isn't really rocket science, just common decency.
Bad manners are not a crime, obviously. Harassment on the other hand is, and while referring to somebody by the wrong name/pronouns is unlikely on its own to be considered harassment, everything depends on context.
If someone was deliberately and mailiciously trying to piss someone off by referring to them as the wrong gender it could well be taken to be a form of bullying. Especially so if they've been asked to stop, or to cease contact with the individual entirely. This is really no different to any other sort of harassment (e.g. stalking), just a different medium with potentially a different motivation. And unless you think harassment ought to be legal under some lawless lord-of-the-flies style free speech paradigm, you have to allow that this is a criminal act that deserves punishment.
Whether it deserves its own law or not is a different story I suppose. Naturally, politicians love to complicate the world with unnecessary legislation which makes it look like they're doing their job and helping people who need it, when in fact all they're doing is simply wasting everybody's time.
Wow. I mean, I can understand why people would get pissed off if you deliberately refuse to use their preferred pronouns, but making it a hate crime is just ridiculous.
If that's about bill c-16; the way in which he describes the law is just lying. Theres nothing wrong with it, it is just to prevent discrimination, whether or not you believe in the multiple genders that people claim to exist.
I think people regard him highly because he's a walking thesaurus, but I mean a lot of what he says is wrong.
Legally mandating people to use certain words is fundamentally and irrevocably wrong. Punish me for using words that incite violence or that are openly discriminatory? Fine, but punishing people for not using words people want them to is absolutely and entirely reprehensible.