Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge Conservative Member of Parliament Marc Dalton has deleted a tweet asking whether it was time Canadians return to work if most COVID-19 related deaths in Canada are seniors in long-term care homes.
“Most deaths are in care homes where average life expectancy is two years and 65 per cent usually pass in the first year,” the local MP said in a tweet.
Then he questioned whether it is “time to start moving Canada back to work.”
Dalton linked to a story from a national media outlet that reported on signs that parts of Canada might be starting to flatten the curve in the ongoing pandemic.
The tweet has since been deleted.
But not before many online took notice of Dalton’s comments.
Maple Ridge Coun. Kiersten Duncan said she hopes Dalton issues a formal apology.
“I’m sure it’s embarrassing but deleting a tweet that ironically said RT (retweet) is not enough,” she wrote in social media post.
MP Scott Duvall, the federal NDP’s critic for seniors’ issues called Dalton “shameful,” saying his comments bear similarities to Trump.
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This tweet from Conservative MP Marc Dalton is unacceptable, disrespectful and ignores what we know about how COVID-19 is spreading and how even some deaths have been reported among young people. Sound a lot like Trump saying, “let those who will die, die.” Shameful! #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/gOrvlm3z3c— Scott Duvall (@sduvall07) April 13, 2020
The News reached out to Dalton for comment who said he personally has a family member in a care home.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the hundreds of Canadians who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19,” he said. “I personally have an uncle in a care home who I love dearly who has contracted coronavirus.”
Dalton did not explain why he decided to delete the tweet.
“I remain focused on how best to get Canada through this crisis and ensure the health and safety of all Canadians,” he said.
“The Prime Minister has said that we need to prepare for a second and, perhaps, a third wave,” he added. “Our local residents want to know how the government is preparing to get ahead of those waves to keep Canadians healthy and get our economy back on track.”