In a press conference, Thalidomide survivors detailed disrespectful comments they say were made by Trudeau government Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr during a face-to-face meeting.
Here were some of the comments the survivors say Hehr made:
“You don’t have it as bad today as adults as you did when you were kids.”
“Everyone in Canada has a sob story. Lots of people have it bad in Canada— disabled people, poor people, not just you.”
The worst alleged comment – which Hehr has denied making – was about the decreased lifespan of the Thalidomide survivors:
“So, you probably have about 10 years left now. That’s good news for the Canadian government.”
While denying the worst comment, the Hehr issued an apology, as noted by the CP:
“As someone with a disability myself, it was certainly not my intention to offend anyone. While some of my comments were misconstrued, as soon as I learned that my comments were felt to be offensive, I immediately called the organization directly and apologized.”
It’s important to note that Hehr has faced past criticism for Veterans’ comments being deleted from his Facebook page, and for how some felt poorly treated when he was Veterans Affairs Minister.
This latest story is quite terrible, as it appears to show a callous disregard for people facing a very difficult situation.
It fits a pattern we have seen repeatedly with the Trudeau government, where legitimate victims are treated with contempt and disrespect, while those who are not real victims (such as terrorists), get everything handed to them. It’s totally despicable.
Watch: Video report on Kent Hehr’s alleged comments
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