Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has joined over a hundred politicians and world leaders in condemning China’s early coverup of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Scheer was added as a signatory to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s open letter which condemns the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

So far no other Canadian party leader has signed the document. However, several Canadian MPs and politicians have already added their names. 

Among those who have signed on are Conservative Party leadership candidates Peter MacKay, Erin O’Toole and Derek Sloan. Conservative MPs James Bezan and John Williamson have also added their names to the list. 

The document calls the CCP’s early response to the viral coronavirus outbreak “China’s Chernobyl moment” and calls on a “critical evaluation” of the party. 

“The roots of the pandemic are in a cover-up by CCP authorities in Wuhan, Hubei province. Under the influence of the CCP the World Health Organisation first downplayed the pandemic,” writes the letter. 

“Taiwanese health officials also allege that they ignored their alerts of human-to-human transmission in late December. Under pressure from the CCP, democratic Taiwan—which has coped with the pandemic in exemplary fashion—is excluded from the WHO.”

Scheer has been vocal in criticizing the WHO’s relationship with the Chinese government and has called into doubt China’s coronavirus data. 

“I’m disappointed that World Health Organization officials have declined the invitation from the House of Commons health committee to testify,” said Scheer. 

“We have very serious concerns. Many concerns have been raised about the accuracy of the World Health Organization’s data, the influence that China has on the World Health Organization.”

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