The Trudeau government should have condemned the WHO when it had the chance


In light of the missteps and misinformation of the World Health Organization and their unwillingness to waiver from Chinese Communist Party talking points with regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Trudeau government should have offered condemnation. Instead they have been apologists for the WHO.

The day after President Donald Trump announced that the US intended to withhold WHO funding, Trudeau’s International Development Minister Karina Gould expressed disappointment.

Gould said: “We’re going to have to figure out as a global community how we ensure that the WHO and other multilateral organizations that are playing a really important role in the response to COVID-19, but also other development and humanitarian challenges, have the resources that they need to effectively combat this pandemic.”

In a telephone call with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Gould relayed how much Canada appreciated the “WHO’s leadership." This in response to the organization that took the Chinese Communist Party’s word as to the nature of the illness, its ability to spread, the extent of their casualties, its origin, and the effectiveness of their treatments.

Gould wasn’t the only Trudeau minister to praise the WHO. Trudeau’s Global Affairs Minister Francois-Phillippe Champagne signed a Joint Statement of the “Alliance for multilateralism” which expressed full support of the WHO in leading the global health response to COVID-19.

The WHO has completely mishandled COVID-19, yet the Trudeau government’s continued support for their attempt to coordinate the global health response is at the very least curious and arguably dangerous.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the WHO has failed to provide timely and objective information on the threat posed by COVID-19. The WHO and Tedros have proven to be influenced by the representations of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global public health.

On December 31, before leaks of the virus or information surrounding it, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center sounded the alarm about the threat of human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus. The WHO ignored Taiwan, refusing to publish the warning.