Meet Dr. David Edward-Ooi Poon BMs, MD, MPH, CCFP
My name is Dr. David Edward-Ooi Poon.
Please call me David.
I am a Canadian family physician and GP psychotherapist, completing specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Early during the pandemic, multiple government agencies had explicitly told me that I could reunite with my long-distance, committed partner in Canada. Clearly, as a result of poor, interdepartmental communication, she landed in Toronto with a negative COVID-19 test, but was denied entry and sent back to Europe that day.
Despite a paper trail, a letter from the embassy, and evidence she could enter, the decision of one border agent and multiple government departments not being consistent, showed a severe lack of government accountability.
I was not alone. Thousands of Canadian families found themselves in a broken government framework, with Members of Parliament, government officials, and ministers themselves giving varied, inconsistent answers. This continued to the point that Canadian citizens felt misled and outright lied to by their own government.
I founded the Faces of Advocacy, an organization of 12,000, dedicated to the safe reunification of binational Canadian families during the COVID-19 related travel restrictions. While the government presented an unnecessary dichotomy that bringing together Canadian families would result in the deaths of millions, they had the NHL come into the country to play.
I campaigned tirelessly through social media, TV, a parliamentary press conference, and galvanized a cross-partisan online rally with all five major political parties to hold the government accountable and do what was right. Fighting for a young Ontario woman with cancer to be taken care of by her UK fiance. Fighting to let a dying Ontario mother say goodbye to her American children.
In October 2020, Bill Blair announced the Extended Family and Compassionate Exemptions as a direct result of our advocacy. Families could safely reunite, and government institutions were held accountable.
I later provided testimony to the House of Commons Health Committee as they studied the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians. My first-hand experience with the inconsistent nature of the Canadian government moved me to step forward as an MP candidate to convince Bill Blair and the other candidates to commit to establishing an Office of Government Accountability if elected.
Today, the CBSA still has no watchdog, immigration has no ombudsman, and the federal government does not have an official body to keep them transparent.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented accountability.
Ways To Get Involved
- Create the Office of Government Accountability
- Appoint a Citizen’s Advocate General to lead it
- Deliver Truly Transparent Government
- Ensure a responsive MP for Scarborough Southwest