VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s premier is condemning and scolding people who have made hateful and violent comments about the province’s top doctor.
Earlier this week, NEWS 1130 told you about a recent livestream, in which conspiracy theorists fantasized about Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry being executed.
John Horgan says comments like theirs are “disconcerting and alarming.”
“For those who have disagreements or squabbles or are unhappy with the situation we find ourselves in, get in line,” he said. “All of us are unhappy about where we’re at and none of it has anything to do with Dr. Henry.”
In the video, the group is seen suggesting that Henry “needs to be hanging from the nooses” and that “some lead between the eyes would be good for her.”
“No one has a right to treat the head of the public health office the way that some people have been acting. It’s absolutely inappropriate. Your parents would be ashamed of you,” Horgan said.
On Thursday, Henry admitted the disturbing comments have taken a toll on her loved ones. She said she understands that people sometimes lash out when they are in crisis, but that’s no excuse.
“It really is not acceptable and what I find most disturbing is how it impacts the people I work with and my family and my close contacts and they’re concerned,” she said.
Health Minister Adrian Dix also condemned the “disgraceful” comments on Thursday.
“The kind of personal attacks … are just completely unacceptable,” he said, adding Henry cares about all people in regard to the pandemic.
“Regardless of the criticism, she continues to show compassion for everybody — every single person — and regardless of one’s view of what we’re doing from a day to day basis, that is worthy of respect for an extraordinary human being in our province,” he said.
-With files from Kelvin Gawley