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With many COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, Tory MP asks whether economy can reopen

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 at 4:14 pm PDT

In a tweet Monday, April 13, 2020, Marc Dalton said the average life expectancy in care homes is two years and 65 per cent usually die in the first year after moving in. (Courtesy Marc Dalton, MP/Facebook))
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MP said the average life expectancy in care homes is two years and 65 per cent usually die year after moving in

Marc Dalton's tweet was heartless, disrespectful and unacceptable: NDP critic

He questioned whether it is "time to start moving Canada back to work"

OTTAWA — B.C. Conservative MP Marc Dalton has deleted a tweet asking whether it is time to start reopening businesses if most of the deaths from COVID-19 in this country are older people in long-term care homes.

In a tweet Monday morning, Dalton (Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge said the average life expectancy in care homes is two years and 65 per cent usually die in the first year after moving in.

Then he questioned whether it is “time to start moving Canada back to work.”

The post was deleted shortly after The Canadian Press began inquiring about it.

Dalton’s tweet linked to a story from The Globe and Mail reporting positive signs Canada is starting to flatten the curve in the COVID-19 pandemic, with the notable exception of outbreaks at long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec.

Scott Duvall, the federal NDP’s critic for seniors issues, says Dalton’s tweet is heartless, disrespectful and unacceptable.