CTV News incites hate mob against Derek Sloan for criticizing Dr. Tam

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on April 23, 2020

Yesterday, CTV News accused Derek Sloan of racism for his criticism of Dr. Theresa Tam’s handling of the COVID19 pandemic.  At no point did they attempt to address the potential legitimacy of the complaint.

Derek Sloan is an MP for Hastings-Addington and Lennox and CPC leadership candidate.  He released a video on April 20 where he criticized the Trudeau government’s COVID19 response and specifically Dr. Tam for her weak stance when it came to misinformation from China.

CTV News took the criticism of Dr. Tam, and decided to leave out all context to Sloan’s complaint and dubbed it a “race-based verbal attack” with only a three-second clip cut out of the context of Sloan asking if Dr. Tam worked for Canada or China.

CTV also followed up the attack on Sloan by covering an actual instance of racism where a 93-year-old Asian man was assaulted, as if somehow Sloan criticizing Dr. Tam’s job performance is in any way related to an actual brutal racist attack.

In context, Sloan was simply calling out Dr. Tam’s willingness to repeat WHO positions based on known misinformation from the Chinese government.

What Sloan really said was, “We sent an email out today asking does [Dr. Tam] work for Canada or for China?….Dr. Theresa Tam is on a special panel on the World Health Organization right now, she also parrots their information at every available opportunity. We know for a fact that China covered up many details concerning the Coronavirus outbreak…the [WHO] parroted Chinese misinformation coming from the Communist Party of China…Theresa Tam followed the [WHO] every step along the way.” which is only a small excerpt of Sloan’s complaints about Dr. Tam’s performance.

TNT reached out to Derek Sloan for comment on the situation and here is what he has to say:

It appears that the Communist government of China is guilty of a monstrous cover-up and that they were assisted in this cover-up by the World Health Organization (WHO).  I am not the first to point this out.  Dr. Theresa Tam, who has her own strong affiliation with the WHO, has followed the WHO party line on this pandemic from the very start. The WHO advised against shutting down international air travel from COVID-19 hot spots, even from China. Dr. Tam then gave PM Trudeau the same advice.  The WHO discouraged the use of face masks and Dr. Tam toed the line, at the very time that Communist China was hoarding face masks. Dr. Tam – and Justin Trudeau – need to be held to account. So does the WHO. So does Communist China.

As a background to these criticisms, Dr. Tam became the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada back in 2017 and has at the same time been in an oversight position at the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the WHO has been repeatedly criticized for catering to the Chinese government, taking their reports at their word despite contrary evidence, and heaping praise on the authoritarian regimes handling of the COVID19 pandemic despite being known to have tried to cover it up from November to January.

Sloan’s criticism of Dr. Tam is rooted in her role with the WHO and failure to both hold the organization to account while she also personally pushes Chinese government misinformation.

On January 23rd, despite evidence that the virus was quickly spreading from China to neighboring countries, Dr. Tam relied on China and the WHO’s reporting of the situation and concluded that “The risk of an outbreak in Canada remains low.”

On January 30 while the US was beginning to take measures to mitigate the threat of COVID19 by stopping flights to and from China and putting together a pandemic response team, Dr. Tam felt it necessary to instead tweet about racism in Canada.

In late March Dr. Tam had also claimed along with the WHO that, “Putting a mask on an asymptomatic person is not beneficial, obviously if you’re not infected,” and then a week later reversed herself on the issue to come in line with other health officials around the world.

Dr. Tam’s tendency to reflexively side with the WHO and China is a legitimate point of concern for Canadians, as all of our lives are in the balance here.  Capitulation to China has been an area of concern for the entire Liberal government in recent years, and Dr. Tam should not be immune to the same scrutiny as her peers.  

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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