Kevin Wong, who won the Toronto ride of Spadina-Fort York as a Liberal candidate, said he would serve as an independent MP after his party said he would not sit as a member of the caucus.
Last week, the Toronto Star first reported that Mr Woong had been accused of sexual assault in 2019 and the charges were later dropped. In response, the Liberal Party issued a statement saying that if Mr Woong should be elected, he would not sit as a member of the caucus. Advance elections were already open last weekend.
On Wednesday, Mr Woong shared a statement on Twitter saying he intends to retain his seat.
“I appreciate that not everyone is happy with my election,” he wrote. “For those who feel that way, I understand the source of your doubts and I will work hard to earn your trust.” He said the allegations of sexual harassment are a serious matter, and he would like to address the allegations against him “at a later date at a fully dedicated forum”.
Spadina-Fort York City Councilor Joe Cressey later commented on Twitter that Mr Woong had not earned the right to represent the community. “They should do the honorable and right thing and step aside,” he wrote. “If he wants to sit as an independent MP, he should campaign for the job as one.”
Mr Cressy ran as an NDP candidate for the former riding of Trinity-Spadina in the 2014 federal by-election, which he lost. He also supported the NDP candidate Norm de Pasquale in Spadina-Fort York during this election.
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Mr. Vuong defeated Mr. de Pasquale by less than 1,400 votes. The NDP was hoping to take the seat, and leader Jagmeet Singh went on horseback riding three times during the campaign.
Mr. Singh was also eyeing a ride to Davenport in Toronto, where the NDP was again looking to make a breakthrough. But as of Wednesday afternoon, incumbent Liberal candidate Julie Dzerovich was poised to retain the seat.
The election was a “status quo election”, according to Carleton University comparative-politics professor Elliot Tepper. “We returned almost a mirror image of a parliament to a previous parliament,” he said.
He said, however, that ride-by-ride changes, where seats can be flipped from one party to another, should not be underestimated: these results are sometimes annulled when only the overall seat count is counted. Seeing it.
A few close races where ballots were being counted on Wednesday will not change the overall minority-government position, Dr. But they can affect whether a party is represented in a specific part of the country, Tepper said. “The difference between having a national party and not being a national party can be determined by these very close elections,” he said.
Winning the Spadina-Fort York or Davenport ride would have given the NDP a seat in Toronto. The party holds five rides in Ontario, but has grown out of the largest city in the country.
Other late results races include Vancouver Granville, where, late Wednesday, Liberal Taleb Nurmohammed had a slim lead over the NDP candidate. Vancouver Granville was previously held by Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former Liberal cabinet minister who was removed from the caucus and then sat as an independent. Ms Wilson-Raybould did not run for re-election this year, and she made positive comments about NDP candidate Anjali Appadurai.
The NDP Nanaimo-Ladysmith ride is on track to win Vancouver Island, with results coming late Wednesday. The seat was previously held by Paul Manley for the Green Party. The NDP’s Lisa Marie Barron is leading the race in the riding and if she wins, it will take the party’s total to 25 seats.
The race in Frederickton’s ride of New Brunswick was called on Wednesday, with incumbent Jenika Atwin winning the Conservative candidate by nearly 500 votes for the Liberal. Ms Atwin, a former Green Party MP, crossed the floor in June to join the Liberals after a disagreement with Green Party leader Annie Paul.
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