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Despite calls for him to do so, MP Derek Sloan not apologizing for controversial remarks

The Conservative Party’s Ontario caucus has called for Hastings-Lennox and Addington MP Derek Sloan to apologize for the remarks he made about Dr. Theresa Tam, but he’s not backing down.

Global News confirmed a Toronto Star report that the caucus held a special meeting Tuesday and pressured Sloan to apologize for the remarks he made accusing Canada’s top doctor of working for China.

Some – including Hastings County’s Warden Rick Phillips and CAO Jim Pine – called the remarks racist. The County officials sent a letter to Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer calling for Sloan to be expelled from the party.

Scheer has yet to respond to those calls directly.

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Global News goes on to report that there was no consensus among the Ontario caucus members, but further measures are possible against Sloan if he does not apologize.

“I did not – and I am not – questioning Dr. Tam’s loyalty to Canada,” Sloan said in a statement posted Wednesday. “There was no intention to question it. In addition, I never once mentioned Dr. Tam’s race or sex.”

He says that the question regarding whether Dr. Tam works for Canada or China was rhetorical. “Sure, I could have just as easily asked does she work ‘for Canada or ‘for the World Health Organization,'” he added in the statement. “Obviously, Dr. Tam is employed by Canada and not China. While she is strongly affiliated with the World Health Organization, she is clearly employed by Canada.”

Sloan said he is sure that she is doing what she thinks is best for Canada. “However she is responsible for relying on the flawed data of both the WHO and PRC for her decision making. This has literally cost Canadian lives.”

When speaking with the newsroom last week he said he’s not questioning Dr. Tam’s loyalty, which he reiterates in his latest statement. He says he’s questioning her – and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s – judgement and their competency to do the job, not their motives.

“Eventually, when this pandemic is over, we should have a general election so that the Canadian public can fire the person ultimately responsible for the many mistakes in the handling of this pandemic,” Sloan said at the end of his statement. “With an election down the road, Canadians can, and should, fire Justin Trudeau.”

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