There is no ‘you people’: Jagmeet Singh condemns Don Cherry

Don Cherry's racist rant about immigrants should be his last

Don Cherry's racist rant about immigrants should be his last

The 85-year-old Cherry said on Saturday on his weekly Coach's Corner segment as part of Hockey Night in Canada that he's less frequently seeing people wearing poppies anymore to honour fallen Canadian soldiers - and he singled out those he believes are immigrants in Toronto, prompting a swift online backlash.

Sportsnet released an official statement on Sunday morning condemning Cherry's behavior and apologizing for his "discriminatory" and "offensive" comments.

Paula Simons, an independent senator from Alberta, wrote that it has not been her experience that new immigrants don't wear poppies or appreciate the tragedies of war, and further condemned the sentiment behind Cherry's remarks.

"You people love - that come here, whatever it is - you love our way of life, love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that", said Cherry.

Since the remarks were made, a number of upset Canadians have taken to Twitter to share their disappointment in Cherry, including the Mayor of Mississauga, Ont.

Viewers took to social media to denounce Cherry's segment, while Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley issued an apology and the National Hockey League distanced themselves from Cherry's comments. We're proud of diverse cultural heritage and we'll always stand up for it. "New immigrants enrich our country for the better. We have spoken with Don about the severity of the issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks".

Former Liberal MP and previous Ontario Premier Bob Rae also weighed in.

We honour all who served. "We're all Canadians and wear our poppies proudly".

Cherry said at the time that he was not retiring from the decades-old show yet.

Hockey Night in Canada used to be a long-time CBC Saturday night staple.

"That's what Canada is all about", Singh wrote on Twitter and Facebook Sunday. The show and its games moved to Sportsnet when Rogers landed a 12-year, $5.2 billion national broadcast rights deal with the NHL that began in 2014. But the show is run by Sportsnet and filmed in its studio in the CBC building in Toronto.

MacLean said he wasn't going to talk to the media until a decision had been made and that he was working with Sportsnet, Rogers and Hockey Night in Canada, which air the Coach's Corner segment.

Rogers Media, a subsidiary of Rogers Communications, is the parent company of Sportsnet which also owns this website.

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