MP Adam van Koeverden apologizes after dropping F-bomb on Canadian vaccination mandates

Ontario MP Adam van Koeverden has apologized for insulting a Canadian living abroad who called the former Olympian “a disgrace of a Canadian” for the way he addressed his concerns about the mandates of vaccination.

“Last week I let my emotions get the better of me and I responded in an unacceptable way to a direct message, and I regret that,” said van Koeverden, who represents the Ontario riding of Milton for the Liberals. , in social media. Publish.

“I want to apologize to the person I offended with the message and anyone else I let down.”

Kate Faith, a teacher from Brantford, Ontario. who lives in New Zealand, told CBC News she was not vaccinated. She said she decided not to get vaccinated because she feared she would suffer a reaction that would prevent her family from visiting her in New Zealand.

Faith said vaccination mandates requiring all passengers coming to Canada to be fully vaccinated prevent her from boarding a flight to Canada to visit her parents or attend important family events.

“Last year my grandfather passed away and I had to watch his funeral on FaceTime and right now my uncle is sick and I’m not allowed to come home and see him,” she said.

Faith told CBC News she was fired from her teaching job in November due to her vaccination status. She said she returned to teaching in April when vaccination mandates in New Zealand were dropped.

She said she had written to all Liberal and New Democrat MPs expressing her frustration over the length of Canada’s vaccination mandates, but none of them responded. She said she started contacting MPs on Instagram, but only one MP responded.

In a tense Instagram exchange with van Koeverden, she asked the MP why the vaccination mandates are still in place and suggested it had to do with “corruption and MPs not doing the right thing”.

A tense exchange

“Well, you seem a lot smarter than the epidemiologists I talk to. Sorry for answering,” van Koeverden said in a response.

Faith told van Koeverden that she was a 29-year-old woman who had COVID two months ago and asked her why she wasn’t allowed to fly.

“Not here to tell you Kate, later,” van Koeverden replied.

Faith urged van Koeverden to get evidence to support the vaccination warrants and called the MP “a Canadian’s disgrace”.

“Fuck you,” van Koeverden replied.

Former Olympian Adam van Koeverden was elected to the House of Commons as a Liberal MP in 2019. He is now Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport. (Canadian Press)

The MP added that he had ‘made a mistake responding to someone like you’ and wished Faith ‘good luck’.

“He wasn’t receptive and he was quite condescending, just saying I’m not a scientist, but neither was he,” she said. “He just took it all away and said it was justified and said fuck off because I called out his negative behavior.”

Van Koeverden said in his Twitter post that he realizes the past two years have been exceptionally difficult for everyone.

“Going forward, I will work to be more patient and conduct myself with the high standard that people deserve from their elected representatives,” he said in his apology.

MPs need to listen: Lantsman

Faith said Conservative MP for Toronto Melissa Lantsman, who called for an end to vaccination mandates in the House of Commons, responded to her directly about her concerns.

“We told her we were working to reunite her with her family,” Lantsman told CBC News.

Lantsman said that while being an MP is hard work and it can be difficult not to lose your temper, people need to know that MPs are listening to them about their concerns.

Faith said she saw van Koeverden’s tweet back in her language and didn’t think it was genuine.

“I think it would be pretty cool and important for him to reach out to me and apologize. Otherwise, I think it’s just lip service,” she said.


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