Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe has denounced the provincial chief health officer as “misguided protest” outside Regina’s home.
Moe said Dr. Saqib Shahab had worked tirelessly to protect the people of the province throughout the epidemic and should not be subjected to harassment from “a group of idiots”.
In a written statement released late Saturday, he said those who disagreed with his government’s decisions should take their problems with him or a local legislator rather than following a “dedicated civil servant and his family.”
Moe said both the Regina Police Service and the RCMP are involved in ensuring that Shahab and his family are safe.
He said the government was looking into long-term security options to protect Shahab and his relatives and was encouraging police forces to investigate whether there were any crimes in the fight.
Moe’s spokesman declined to say what security options are being considered. But Jim Billington said Shahab and his family were not harmed during the fight.
Regina police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mo previously came to Shahab’s defense after a speaker at a rally outside the provincial assembly made racist remarks about the high-ranking doctor in December.
He described the speaker’s comments as “under contempt”.
Now, Mo says he has a message for those targeting Shahab.
“The persecution of Dr. Shahab and his family in their home was simply unacceptable, sickening and wrong,” he said. “To those who did this – you should be ashamed of yourself and your actions.”