A deposed Liberal candidate says he is going to continue as an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for the Toronto ride, despite several calls to step down.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Kevin Wong confirmed that he will remain in Toronto as MP for Spadina-Fort York.
“After taking the time to reflect on recent events, I apologize for the lack of disclosure. I have decided to remain as an independent Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and to serve the community.” Will work hard,” read the statement.
Vuong was fired by the Liberals just two days before the election after it was revealed that he was accused of sexual harassment in 2019 and a $1.5 million lawsuit against him over his mask-making business .
The sexual assault allegation has since been dropped.
However, Vuong’s name was still on the ballot under the Liberals because there was not enough time for the ticket to be reprinted.
Earlier on Wednesday, as the ballots were being counted, Wong issued a statement saying he would “work hard” to earn the trust of those who doubted him for taking the seat as an independent. Huh.
“I appreciate that not everyone is happy with my election, and I very much understand why it’s different in my case,” he wrote.
“Allegations of sexual harassment are a serious matter, worthy of more discussion than this statement. For these reasons, I intend to address them more fully in a dedicated forum at a later date.”
Many of the votes cast for Vuong were also sent as mail-in ballots before he was thrown out, leading many constituents – and politicians – to issue calls for him to step down and call a by-election. .
One such politician is former Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, who held Wong’s seat before deciding not to run for re-election in the 2021 federal election.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Vaughan said he had worked “hard” to try and persuade him to resign, although Wong would announce his intention to continue as an independent in an earlier statement. .
“His decision to take his seat and clear his name from that post is another serious violation. MPs cannot use public office to advance private interests,” Vaughan wrote.
“The residents of Spadina Fort York deserve an MP with a clear mandate and an MP focused on their needs and who is focused on being an advocate of the community. By-election is the only option. If Wong rides in the best interests of the If he wants to represent, he should resign.”
– With files from Daina Goldfinger
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