TORONTO – Amid calls for his resignation, elected MP Kevin Vuong reiterated that he plans to represent Spadina-Fort York as an independent in the House of Commons.
Vuong issued a new statement Saturday evening announcing his intention to keep his job.
“I have decided to remain as an independent Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and will work hard to serve the community,” Vuong said.
In the statement, he also apologized for the “lack of disclosure”.
The MP elected as the Liberal Party candidate for Spadina-Fort York two days before the election was ousted. Toronto Star Report This revealed that Woong faced a sexual harassment allegation in 2019 which was later dropped by the Crown.
His latest statement comes a day after former Liberal MP Adam Vaughan of Riding Wuong urged to leave the seat. Speaking to CP24 on Friday, Vaughan said that Wong lied and did not appear during the investigation process.
“The reason he resigned is very clear. One, the mandate has been compromised. He didn’t earn it with a clear vote and didn’t get a clear mandate,” Vaughan said.
Woong’s previous allegation came to light when thousands of people had already cast their votes in advanced elections. He still appeared as the Liberal candidate on the ballot on Election Day because it was too late to remove him.
Vuong won the City of Toronto with 38.9 percent of the vote.
People and officials who have been riding since winning the seat Wong has been called to step down.
Vaughan said he asked elected lawmakers to resign to show respect to residents and that a by-election should be called to determine who would represent the riding in Ottawa.
He said Wong ignored the advice.
“I warned him that by doing so, he was going to cause significant problems for himself,” Vaughan said.
“If he takes office, he will take office under this cloud. He will take office in a way that is quite controversial and without, as I said, a clear mandate.”
Wuong declined to speak to the media but denied the allegations against him and said in an earlier statement Released earlier this week that he would “address them more fully at a later date in a dedicated forum.”
In the same statement, he admitted that “not everyone is happy” he was chosen.
“I appreciate that not everyone is happy with my election, and I very much understand why it’s different in my case,” he said. “For those who feel that way, I understand the source of your doubts and I will work hard to earn your trust.”
–With files from Cody Wilson