Former BC Liberal MLA apologizes for COVID-19 tweet that "wasn't that funny"

Dec 27 2020, 9:15 am

Former BC Liberal MLA Rich Coleman faced online backlash after sharing a tweet on Boxing Day questioning the need for – and effectiveness of – the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a now-deleted tweet, Coleman – who served as the MLA for Langley East – asked: “How will we know if the vaccines are working? Will the survival rate go up from 99.5% to 99.7%?”

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The now-deleted tweet.

Other Twitter users immediately called out Coleman for his tweet, with some calling it disgusting and others saying it made them physically ill.

Coleman ultimately deleted the tweet and offered a brief explanation and apology:

“So I tweeted something earlier and on reflection thought it wasn’t that funny,” he wrote. “My bad. Sorry folks.”

His tweet was also met with backlash, with some calling out his lack of sincerity and others stating his explanation wasn’t good enough.

Coleman eventually expanded on his apology, calling his original tweet a “dumb moment.”

This isn’t the first time Coleman has found himself in hot water for his public comments on various topics.

In May 2019, Coleman compared an NDP farm bill to the Holocaust, and that same month, he called abortion “totally wrong” during a pro-life rally on the lawn of the BC Legislature in Victoria.

He chose not to run again in the provincial election this past fall, and his riding of Langley East went to NDP MLA Megan Dykeman.

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