Scheer, Conservative leadership candidates refrain from criticizing MP accused of racist comments - 2020-04-23
The Conservative Party, its departing leader, and prospective candidates are refraining from criticizing widely condemned comments made by leadership candidate and Tory MP Derek Sloan, who suggested Canada's top doctor is a pawn for China.
Mr. Sloan, a rookie Ontario MP, called for Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam to be fired in fundraising e-mails and social media posts this week. In one video, he asks: "Does she work for Canada or for China?"
Those comments have been criticized by politicians including the Prime Minister, NDP Leader, and some Conservative MPs but not by current Leader Andrew Scheer, the party's leadership committee executive nor the three other leadership hopefuls. People of Asian descent have faced a spike in hate crimes and slurs since the COVID-19 pandemic began in China last year and experts say the comments from an elected official give licence for the attacks to continue.