Incoming Toronto MP Kevin Vuong issued a statement Saturday night saying he would continue as an independent MP for the Spadina-Fort York ride
“After taking the time to consider recent events, I apologize for the lack of disclosure,” he said. tweeted in a statement.
“I have decided to continue as an independent Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and will work hard to serve the community.”
Vuong’s announcement comes the same week that a petition created by Mark Slapinsky garnered more than 4,000 signatures, calling for him to resign.
Wuong was fired by the Liberal Party a few days before the election, following revelations by the Toronto Star that he had been accused of sexual assault in 2019 – a charge later withdrawn by the Crown. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Up to this point in the campaigning, many voters had cast ballots in advanced elections or by mail. Wuong’s name also appeared in the ballots on election day as a Liberal candidate, as the candidate’s nomination deadline was August 30.
Concerned Toronto resident Slapinski started a petition for Wuong to step down.
“I want Kevin Wong to step down because I believe he unfairly won the election. The fact that he failed to remove ‘Liberal’ from his bio. Then there was also the fact that he Did not disclose my previous allegations. I found it to be a matter of concern and hence I started the petition,” he said in a phone interview on Saturday night.
Slapinski says he also sent the petition directly to Wong, but received no response.
Wooong did not return to the Toronto Star on Saturday night when asked for comment.
With files by Star Staff