The former Liberal MP for Spadina-Fort York said he has urged his newly-elected successor, Kevin Vuong, to resign, warning him that locals will be “furious” if he takes his seat.
Adam Vaughan, who has not sought re-election this year after representing the Downtown Toronto Riding since 2014, also said he would not brief his successor on some sensitive matters and instead forward them to ministers or neighboring lawmakers. Will ask you to increase.
The Liberal Party dropped Wuong as the Spadina-Fort York candidate just two days before Monday’s election, when the Toronto Star reported that sexual assault allegations were leveled against him in 2019, which was later dropped .
However, thousands of people had already voted by mail or in ride, and it was too late to remove Wuong’s name or party affiliation from the ballots cast on Monday.
He managed to win with around 39 per cent of the votes. He is set to sit as an independent MP, which the Liberal Party said he would have to do if he won.
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Vuong has previously categorically denied the sexual-assault allegation and said in a statement Wednesday that he intends to address the incident “more fully in a dedicated forum.” He also said that he intends to dedicate himself to serve his constituents. Vuong did not immediately respond to a fresh request for comment sent by email on Friday.
In an interview with The Canadian Press, Vaughan said that he advised Wuong what to do after the Liberal Party dropped him as a candidate, and again after he won.
He said he told Wong: “Your election is a compromise election that has happened because of the changes? It’s a compromise seat, it’s a compromise victory and people will be furious if you take the seat.”
He said he also 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 by-election brought a new MP.
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”.
The Liberal Party has said that Wuong did not disclose the allegations while he was being investigated as a potential candidate. The Canadian Armed Forces is also reviewing the matter because a naval reservist, Woong, did not inform the military when he was charged, as was required.