The heat on Sportsnet commentator Don Cherry is intensifying over his comments about immigrants during Saturday night’s Coach’s Corner segment.
Cherry started a rant about people not wearing poppies by referring to immigrants as “you people" and questioning their patriotism.
That has brought a firestorm of criticism and demands the Sportsnet fire Cherry.
Burnaby South MP and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted a powerful response Sunday.
“Don, let me introduce you to “#youpeople” My great grandfather, Hira Singh, who served in WW1 & WW2 under the British. We honour all who served,” Singh tweeted.
“All sorts of people have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Canada. Women, immigrants, LGBTQ2S Cdns, Indigenous people. There is no "#youpeople”. We’re all as Canadian as the next. We honour all who served. That's what Canada is all about. #RemembranceSunday.”
Sportsnet has apologized for what the network called Cherry’s “discriminatory” and “offensive” comments, but Cherry has been silent.
Sportsnet has also said it spoke to Cherry about the issue.