Devastating Timeline Reveals Total Incompetence Of Theresa Tam’s Virus ‘Response’

The facts are undeniable: Tam was late at every step, focused on political correctness and lecturing when the virus could have been stopped, and seemed less informed of the risk than the general public and the MPs who were asking her questions.

There is an understandable need in a crisis to feel like we can trust those who are in power.

After all, it’s reassuring to believe that the people making the big decisions know what they are doing.

But sometimes, the evidence is so overwhelming that it makes it impossible to deny how incompetent an official has responded to a crisis.

Of course, this is obvious in the case of Patty Hadju, who has flailed around desperately and been weeks behind at every step. That said, it was perhaps expected, given that she has no medical experience and was thrust into a massive crisis.

Yet, in the case of Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, it’s simply inexplicable how badly she has handled this.

And in an amazing, and devastating timeline compiled by David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, the immense failure of Tam’s response is revealed.

Here are a few excerpts:

Jan. 29: Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer,on Twitter: “I am concerned about the growing number of reports of racism and stigmatizing comments on social media directed to people of Chinese and Asian descent related to 2019-nCoV coronavirus… Racism, discrimination and stigmatizing language are unacceptable and very hurtful… Everyone has a part to play in preventing the spread of the virus. The Chinese community and all travellers from affected areas are a key part of these efforts….Racism, discrimination and stigmatizing language are unacceptable and very hurtful. These actions create a divide of Us Vs Them. Canada is a country built on the deep-rooted values of respect, diversity and inclusion.”

Also on January 29, Tam was questioned about the possibility of calling for travellers to self-isolate:

Tam replies, defending the policy of voluntary self-isolation of only those travellers showing clear symptoms: “Right now, we have protocols in place, together with the provinces and territories, on isolating cases. Certainly, doing rigorous contact tracing and monitoring is the key to preventing any spread from a case in Canada. That, I think, is of primary importance. For other completely asymptomatic people, currently there’s no evidence that we should be quarantining them.”

Tam stresses the need to work to have affected communities work with everyone else. “Otherwise, they’ll be stigmatized. They will be asked to take measures beyond what is currently the public health evidence. It is a matter of balance when you’re restricting someone’s freedom, essentially, to move about in the community after return. I think that is not something that we would take lightly.”

Tam says that Canada was working on this with the WHO. “They know they have to get to the bottom of this, but we do know that even people with mild symptoms don’t transmit very readily. Could they? It’s possible, but that’s not what drives an actual epidemic … I think we have to be reasonable in our public measures and just balance out the risks and benefits. In terms of the impacts, they are not simply health impacts, but psychological and other health impacts, as well as non-health impacts, those being societal and economic as well.”

And here is perhaps the worst part:

Tam downplays risk to Canada: “Right now, the cases are in China. Very few are exported. Yes, there’s human-to-human transmission, but those are generally for close contacts. With regard to the severity of illness, there are some severe cases, but the deaths have occurred in older people with underlying medical conditions. With all of that pulled together, for the general public who have not been to China, the risk is low in Canada.”

Tam also opposed travel bans:

“Right now, let’s say, WHO does not recommend travel bans, and any measures that a country is to take must not be out of proportion to the risk and must not inappropriately impact travel and trade. We are a signatory to the international health regulations and we’ll be called to account if we do anything different.”

Tam was wrong on everything

Tam, the supposed “expert,” was wrong on everything.

She was wrong on travel bans – something the Liberal government ended up imposing over a month later.

She was wrong on asymptomatic transmission, as it is now well-known that people can transmit the virus without feeling sick.

She was wrong on voluntary quarantine, as the lack of quarantines early on meant that cases in China became cases in Canada. After all, all of Canada’s cases started as imported cases from foreign travel. Now, many of our cases are from ‘community spread,’ but that community spread was seeded by the foreign travel in the first place.

Then, in a stunning moment, Tam expressed her philosophy that viruses are stopped at hospitals, not borders:

“This is a virus. It can cross borders. This is a layer of a multi-layered response. The most important layer, of course, is the initial entry into the health system. We’ve talked a bit about that. At the actual international border, I see it as a great opportunity to absolutely make someone aware of what to do if they’re sick after entry.”

This shows a horrendous lack of basic understanding of what a pandemic is, all the more stunning because understanding this is Tam’s JOB.

After all, the countries that imposed the toughest early border controls and ruthless screening, particularly Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and Hong Kong managed to ‘bend the curve’ with amazing speed, and get things under control.

By letting the virus into the hospitals as Tam proposed, that also means letting it spread throughout the community, and then the country. It also puts health care workers at risk, raising the prospect of a system collapse.

Again, this is all common-sense. If you can stop a virus from getting in, you should do that. And even if you don’t fully stop it at the border, you at least cut back on the number of cases.

I can’t emphasize this enough. There is no reason that I should have to be explaining this to Tam, who is supposed to be the expert.

But she was simply dead wrong at literally every step of the way, showing – and I mean this seriously – far less understanding of the situation than most people on Twitter.

Tam has failed miserably, putting political correctness, and virtue-signalling lecturing ahead of doing her job. She couldn’t grasp the situation in time, and when she grasped the seriousness of it it was far too late to stop it.

Now, it is spreading big time within Canada.

For the time being, Tam is still in her position, and while it would be best for her to be fired and replaced with someone more competent (Jane Philpott would be nice to have around right now), that is unlikely to happen.

So, I think all Canadians hope that – at least starting now – Tam gets things right going forward.

With that in mind, some may question why I’m even bringing this up at all. Some may say, “those mistakes were all in the past,” so how is it constructive to talk about it amid this crisis?

Well, the reason is that there are still important decisions to be made by Tam and others in this crisis. Decisions like when to loosen up restrictions, how to distribute essential resources, and keep Canadians aware of what must be done.

Additionally, there is a strong possibility of a second CCP Coronavirus wave in the fall/winter, meaning a tough, even ruthless response of either keeping our borders shut, or closing them again rapidly will be needed.

Hence why the criticism and an honest look at Tam’s failures is essential. If she is still in the role when another wave hits, and if she hasn’t learned from her failures, then she will repeat the same mistaken advice that has caused this crisis to be far worse than it had to be.

We are still a free nation. We are still a democracy. And holding our public officials accountable for their mistakes remains essential.

The full Edmonton Journal article can be read here.

Spencer Fernando

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Ask the RCMP about holding public officials to account…


Politically correct – That is the Liberal culture. It doesn’t matter if it is wrong, just as long as they convince themselves they are OK. Just another of the hundreds of instances where Trudeau is incapable of making an intelligent decision.

chris brown

Everyone, please review a synopsis of “Canada’s Pandemic Influenza Plan”. Take note: formulated in 2006 – predicted every aspect of Covid19, spread rate, death rate, and economical impact – foresaw community spread – no immunity nor vaccine – and the big takeaway …. stop the damn planes right away! Tam signed that report 14yrs ago – she participated in its making, yet we are asked to believe that the recommendations from that report were not worth following, as though they were all wrong, even though had they been followed, we would be no where even close to where we are… Read more »


Then it is worse than I thought. It is not only incompetence.

M.D. Anthony

Chinese Passenger planes are still flying 5 flights daily to Canada.
Canada is endangering North America and is violating the North American Perimeter Defense treaty.
The treaty was written after 911 by Canadian Deputy Premier John Manley. The treaty was ratified by Paul Martin and later P.M. Harper – the Treaty was explained in whole to the Canadian People on the Canadian Federal Government website.
Why has Justine Trudeau removed the North American Perimeter Defense Treaty from the Federal Government website?


Sneaky Turdo…what you expect?

Bill Donaldson

This incompetence will surely not go unrewarded. I see Dr. Tam being on the shortlist for appointment to the Order of Canada, Officer level.


What a joke. Canada has become a circus and we are the clowns.


Tam’s ties to communist China should be deeply investigated. Her manufactured incompetence is chillingly similar that of another Chinese propaganda puppet, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was already found guilty of burying three disease epidemics in Africa, costing millions of lives. His monumental incompetence and shilling for the Chinese government (publicly praising China’s response to the coronavirus) is even worse than that of Tam. There are many calls for his resignation, and similar calls need to be made for Tam’s. Only a shill for the Chinese communists would prioritize lecturing Canadians on anti-Chinese racism over doing her job and… Read more »

Russ Brunelle

I would like to know what plan the Liberals have to battle the next epidemic that may happen here in Canada, due to their planned massive immigration plan? The one that may make the Coronavirus seem like the common cold in comparison. I am talking about malaria. Could the Liberal massive immigration plan bring this deadly disease here?


Malaria is not contagious, but I agree with your point.


“We are still a free nation. We are still a democracy. And holding our public officials accountable for their mistakes remains essential.”

If you reside in the Liberal camp you can not be held accountable for anything. Our sheeple (citizens) won’t allow it, you will have to find someone else to hold responsible.

Lynn Duffy

Thank-you so much for this article – I totally agree! I’ve been following this for many months and have been so frustrated by Dr. Tam’s comments and assessments of this critical situation. Hope that many get to read this article. Thank- you again.


The whole Liberals Government under Trudeau’s Leadership is incompetent. If Trudeau wasn’t in Africa giving all our taxes away, maybe he could of closes the borders and airports to protect us Canadian citizens against this killer virus! Thanks to Mr Trump our borders will be secure.

Major Tom

With the Liberals in charge……I’ll get my medical advice from Doctor Bunsen Honeydew of Muppet Labs……At least, him, I can trust…….

William Peter Gravel

Spencer the politicization of Tam getting Justin permission and corrdenate on what to say, is it also why we don’t get the daily news report from the WHO because it seemed what Tam reporting was no where near what the WHO reported? Getting more and more looking like a 3rd world country run by a Dictator which is normal the loss of life in these countries with Dictators! Have you noted the scientist the Trump the little short guy has on many time got up and corrected the POTUS, got to love a strong man! Best regards be safe.


The WHO is a typical U.N. farce and we need to leave that utterly damaged organization. They no longer share our country’s values and have proven their worthlessness time and time again. This lates WHO scandal is just icing on the cake. Global U.N. incompetence.

old white guy

There is an error in your piece Spencer. Canada is not a free nation. When this virus runs it’s course the actions taken by government will have crippled this country for a long time. I am not sure just how long this virus has been present in Canada but I would estimate well before Nov of last year. I wish there were tests available in my city that could tell whether or not I had the virus in Jan. I was quite sick with flu like symptoms that took several weeks to subside. One other thing I must ask is… Read more »

Thomas Tass

Have lost respect I initially had in Dr. Tam. She is clearly a political tool of the Liberal government and a shill for the WHO. Shame on them all.

Steve Richards

The 3 part Journal article is excellent and exposes the Libranos love affair with China, globalism and political correctness over protecting and taking care of actual Canadian citizens. After reading it I can only come to one conclusion. The THREE stooges are running this country. The only puzzle left to solve is who is Moe, which one is Larry and gosh golly gee lastly who is Curly?


You made me laugh.


Good article Spencer, till the end.,it was almost like you were apologizing for pointing out the obvious. There is s as reason you wrote this just like there was a reason I posted that same artical from post media all over Facebook Sunday. What Tam had done us beyond mistakes it borders on criminal, no it is criminal. There is no excuse for her incompetence, she was involved in other so called epidemics and knows the protocol. Here ineptness has taken lives.
Pussy footing around these issues leads us to “political correctness “ and that is leading us into hell.


I agree with you completely, but I suspect Trudeau told her to to ‘toe the line’ on his response to this. He is a control freak, but snatches defeat from the jaws of victory in every single thing he does. He is trying SO hard to suck-up to China he forgets who pays his salary. Love or hate Trump, he puts his country first… Trudeau, um…

Janet Duffield

Tam is an absolute disaster as are the Liberals. This is why we are in this mess. All could have been prevented. Beyond angry.

Emmanuel YU

Doubtful of her ability for months. Thanks for the very detailed article to pinpoint the problems of Teresa Tam. She should be replaced by a pro-active professional leader asap.


You could not have said it better. Frustration is growing everyday. She is incompetent and unable to take her own decisions. She copies what everyone else does, anyone can do that, therefore we’re the last ones to approve or make changes. In the meantime, our health care workers are getting sick, people die needlessly and our economy is tanking. We haven’t flattened the curve and will not soon under her direction. We need to be proactive.

Scott Chinsota

What else would you expect from a diversity hire?


Very good point!


This is such a misguided piece. Wouldn’t it be nice to know everything about a virus as it arrives ? Maybe even years before so we can have a vaccine at the ready? The response in Canada was good given what we knew and Tam has done a great job.

Patty Hajdu works at the Thunder Bay District Health Unit for a decade. No healthcare experience?

Richard Courtemanche

Many of today’s authorities have neither scruple nor shame manifesting incompetence.

OW Wong

Tam is an embarrassment to all Asians. I am a proud Canadian, originally from Hong Kong. I want Tam fired for dereliction of duty. I hold her and Trudeau responsible for the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Canadians. I consider them to be mass murderers. Tam and Trudeau were more interested in being popular than in safeguarding Canadians when they did not lockdown the borders at the onset of the virus outbreak. They cannot claim ignorance. And if they were indeed ignorant, why would we want stupid to run our country! Get rid of them!