9 December 2020  |

Conservative MP Derek Sloan has sponsored a petition in the Canadian House of Parliament that is “rife with hysterical misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines,” according to Toronto’s Globe and Mail (G&M) newspaper.

Derek Sloan is the first Seventh-day Adventist ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons, representing a district in Ontario.

The G&M reports:

The petition, which so far has garnered more than 24,000 signatures, erroneously claims that “COVID-19 vaccines are not designed to prevent infection or transmission” and that “COVID-19 vaccination is effectively human experimentation.” The petition also demands that the government create an independent review committee that includes “citizen vaccine safety advocates.…”

When asked, Sloan demurred that he hadn’t read the petition recently. “It has always been my policy to sponsor petitions that are sent to me, if I feel they are reflective of concerns raised by constituents,” he said.

In a scathing opinion piece, the G&M says that “Anti-vaxxers have found their useful idiot in Conservative MP Derek Sloan.”

Sloan is no stranger to conflict. In October he opposed a bill banning LGBT conversion therapy, saying the bill would outlaw prayer and “amounts to child abuse,” and that children questioning their orientation will just “grow out of it.” He asked for $25,000 for his re-election bid in order to fight the bill. With regard to COVID-19 policies, Sloan questioned whether Hong Kong-born Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, works for “China or Canada.” The statement was widely condemned as anti-Asian racism.

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