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Chilliwack School Trustee apologizes as calls for resignation grow

Last Updated May 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm PDT

Summary

Barry Neufeld under fire for 'sexist' and 'racist' cartoon as he apologizes for separate post

Calls for Chilliwack school trustees resignation growing once again

Chilliwack school trustee says he has more apology to come

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — Chilliwack School Board Trustee Barry Neufeld says he’s sorry for controversial, anti-LGBT comments attacking the World Health Organization and Canada’s top doctor.

“I deeply regret and apologize for my comments on social media,” Neufleld said at Tuesday evening’s Zoom conference meeting. “I will be addressing them more in the near future.”

The original comments were made in a Facebook post over the weekend, accusing Dr. Theresa Tam of being born male and hiding her gender transition from Canadians.

Nuefeld said Tam’s advice could not be trusted because of the alleged transition, information that was cited to be taken from Wikipedia.

Chilliwack Progress reporter Paul Henderson checked in on the Wikipedia page’s edits and found the accusation of transition was added and removed within a seven-hour period.

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Meanwhile, Press Progress reports Neufeld’s Facebook account has been deactivated after it reached out to him to comment on yet another recent post sharing a cartoon blaming “independent women” for declining birth rates among white people in Canada.

Nuefeld’s apology comes as calls for his resignation and removal from the Chilliwack School Board grow, the latest online petition earning more than 5,200 signatures by Wednesday morning.

Education Minister Rob Fleming has called the offending post “hateful” and “unhinged,” and says he is taking his concerns about Neufeld’s actions to the B.C. Human Rights Commissioner.