An MP's Racist Remarks About Dr. Tam Got Very Different Responses From Canada's Leaders

Conservative MP Derek Sloan questioned her loyalty.
An MP's Racist Remarks About Dr. Tam Got Very Different Responses From Canada's Leaders

Canada's Public Health Officer has been in the spotlight more than usual lately. However, Dr. Theresa Tam has received some negative attention during this time. After a Canadian politician made racist remarks about her, the major party leaders all had their own reactions.

In an April 21 tweet, Conservative Party member and leadership candidate Derek Sloan wrote "Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, has failed Canadians. Dr. Tam must go! Canada must remain sovereign over decisions. The UN, the WHO, and Chinese Communist propaganda must never again have a say over Canada's public health!"

The tweet included a video of Sloan sharing his thoughts on the issue. He referenced an email his staff sent out asking if Dr. Tam works for Canada or China.

Sloan accuses the top doc of taking her cues from the World Health Organization, which he claims is controlled by the Chinese government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh all shared their own very different takes on Sloan's remarks.

After being asked about the statements from the Conservative MP during his April 23 address, Trudeau said "intolerance and racism have no place in our country."

He didn't name names, but after saying that diversity is one of Canada's greatest strengths, he concluded, "We need to continue in our resolve to be an open, welcoming, respectful country," he said, "and I think all Canadians expect that of every politician."

During a press conference the same day, Andrew Scheer was asked to comment on Sloan's remarks. However, he refused to do so on the basis that he would not comment on any leadership candidate.

"I won’t be commenting on individual statements or positions that leadership candidates take, that’s up to them to explain," he said. "Ultimately, the members of our party will decide."

Jagmeet Singh specifically called out Scheer in a tweet, writing "From the beginning of this crisis, we’ve heard horrible stories of abuse faced by Asian Canadians, particularly those of Chinese descent."

"There is no question that MP Sloan’s comments against Dr. Theresa Tam fuel this kind of racism. Andrew Scheer needs to clearly denounce this."

Dr. Tam had recently received a wave of support on Twitter, and continues to share updates on Canada's pandemic situation.

More from Narcity

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...