Conservative MP calls for end to COVID-19 measures, pushes misinformation about Trump-promoted drug
Marilyn Gladu, the MP for Sarnia-Lambton and a Conservative Party leadership hopeful, has made some dubious remarks regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
The Conservative MP says she wants Canada to start using COVID-19 treatments which are approved by the United States FDA. To support her proposal, however, Gladu falsely claimed that such treatments have been tried on “thousands of COVID patients” with “nearly 100 percent recovery rate.”
One such medication is hydroxychloroquine, which has been promoted by US President Donald Trump.
A recent study of hydroxychloroquine found that the drug was not effective in treating COVID-19 patients, but that it did cause sometimes dangerous side-effects. While studies have varied in their findings, none have shown the 100% recovery rate which Gladu suggests.
Gladu, who was the Conservative Party’s health critic just months ago, also called for an end to social distancing and preventative measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
While she believes the elderly and immunocompromised should continue to observe these measures, she says “for the rest of the public, we need to get back to work.”
“The reality is more people are dying of suicide, more people are dying from cancer and smoking,” says Gladu, “and we don’t shut the economy down for that.”
The Sarnia-Lambton MP is not alone among Conservative politicians. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has already stated that he will disregard Health Canada and green-light FDA-approved drugs. Marc Dalton, another Conservative MP has also suggested that it is time for Canada to go “back to work.”
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