He would consider using gender-neutral pronouns if he felt the student's request was "genuine," however.
He argues that honouring someone's chosen gender identity and pronouns is neither good for the person or for society.
"I think they’re asking too much of society," he said. "There’s a beast in society, and you risk waking that up. It’s not good to continually poke the bear."
Both in the lecture and in talking to BuzzFeed, Peterson expressed disagreement with any law or policy that would enforce views of gender he does not share. He said C-16 makes expressing his views "illegal" and potentially a hate crime.
"I'm being required to swallow the presupposition that just because someone believes that if they would be called a new pronoun, that would improve their life," he said.
"Sorry, there’s no evidence for that."
He agrees that his position could potentially violate the university's policies, but he says that just part of the problem.