The Ontario Liberals are calling for the health minister to veto the appointment of the new acting medical officer of health in Haldimand-Norfolk because he is against COVID-19 lockdowns.
Liberal Health Critic John Fraser describes Dr. Matt Strauss as opposing “life-saving public health measures.”
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit announced Strauss’s appointment to the role in a statement Friday, saying the board of health voted for him unanimously.
Strauss, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Queen’s University, has tweeted repeatedly about his opposition to lockdowns, arguing they’re not effective at preventing COVID-19-related deaths.
He has also described business-owners who open in violation of public health orders as “heroes.”
Strauss, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, the Ministry of Health and a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott did not immediately respond to requests for comment.