Spadina-Fort York MP Kevin Vuong said on Saturday he would continue to sit as an independent despite his controversial past.
“After taking the time to consider recent events, I would like to apologize for the lack of disclosure,” Wong said in a statement. Tweet Saturday night. “I have decided to continue as an independent Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and will work hard to serve the community.”
The Liberal Party dropped Wuong as a candidate in Spadina-Fort York, riding just two days before the federal election, after reports that sexual assault allegations were leveled against him in 2019, which were later dropped. was given.
However, thousands of people had already voted by mail or in riding, and it was too late to remove Wuong’s name or party affiliation from the ballots cast on 20 September.
He managed to win with around 39 per cent of the votes.
Despite Vuong denying the charges against him, people in the city and province have asked him to step down anyway.
Former MP for the area, Adam Vaughan, said on Friday he urged Vuong to resign swiftly after setting up a constituency office that could deal with local affairs under the auspices of the House of Commons, unless a new MPs do not bring by-elections.
He said he also told Wong that it would be difficult to properly represent his constituents and prioritize their needs if he held a seat “under the cloud”.
Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca called on Wuong not to “check his conscience” and not take his seat in the House of Commons despite being elected to the Toronto riding.
My statement: pic.twitter.com/EMxnPtEd5b
– Kevin Vuong???????????? (@KevinVuongTO) September 26, 2021