Andrew Scheer Continues to Refuse to Say he Trusts Dr. Tam After Leadership Candidate Sloan Questions Her Loyalty to Canada

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Andrew Scheer Continues to Refuse to Say he Trusts Dr. Tam After Leadership Candidate Sloan Questions Her Loyalty to Canada

On Power and Politics yesterday Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continued to refuse to say he trusts Dr. Tam, Canada's chief public health officer who is a public face of the government response to Covid-19, after Conservative leadership candidate and MP Derek Sloan questioned her loyalty to Canada in April. In a tweeted video on April 23rd Sloan said "Does [Tam] work for Canada or for China?" and also said "Tam must go" on April 23rd. Despite being given numerous opportunities to modify his statements about Tam and Sloan, Scheer blamed the Covid-19 crisis on Trudeau, whose initial slow response to the crisis is certainly arguable but beside the issue of Dr. Tam. When asked if there would be any consequences for MP Sloan, Scheer replied "I don't comment on internal party issues" repeatedly.  Later he became defensive when asked "Do you think it sends a message to potential voters in that leadership race or more widely to the electorate when there are no conequences for Mr. Sloan", replying "Don't put words in my mouth".  

Scheer's comments on Power and Politics can be seen starting at 7:40 of the video on this url:

And the Conservatives wonder why they have they have trouble winning non-white voters. 

Derek Sloan, an MP from eastern Ontario who is running to lead his party under the slogan "Conservative — Without Apology,"

"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!" he wrote. ...

"Does [Tam] work for Canada or for China?" Sloan asks in a tweeted video. He also accused the country's top doctor of parroting lines from the World Health Organization after it repeated "misinformation" disseminated by the communist Chinese government.

His remarks drew swift condemnation on social media, with some calling his words "repugnant," "vile" and "xenophobic." 

Sloan re-tweeted Thursday evening the letter that he originally sent out Tuesday accusing Tam of "dutifully" repeating Chinese propaganda and calling for Tam to be "fired." ...

He issued a new letter Friday morning reacting to the controversy.

"I have been called a racist and a misogynist for questioning Dr. Tam's actions and for pointing out her many missteps," he wrote.

"None of my arguments for Dr. Tam's removal were based on Dr.Tam's race or her sex: they were based on her performance as our chief public health officer. We are in a culture where political correctness and identity politics are used as a shield to deflect or even outlaw criticism. Being called a racist for asking questions has been disappointing, though not unexpected."

Tam, who was born in British Hong Kong and grew up in the U.K., has denounced the rise in anti-Asian racist incidents in Canada since the novel coronavirus erupted in Wuhan, China. ...

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer repeatedly refused to denounce or comment on Sloan's remarks.

"I won't be commenting on individual statements or positions that leadership candidates take. That's up for them to explain, and ultimately the members of our party will decide when they vote in a leadership race," he said.

Scheer has raised concerns about the WHO's track record during the pandemic and its relationship with the communist regime in China, but has directed his criticism of Canada's response to the pandemic at the Liberal government rather than Tam herself.