Toronto MP Kevin Vuong Says Social Media, ‘Political Agents’ Want Him To Fail

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

Published Monday, November 22, 2021 16:50 EST

OTTAWA – A Toronto MP who has been dumped by Liberals for failing to disclose a dropped sexual assault charge says he believes people want to see him in parliament and accused political agents and a social media mob of wanting to see him fail.

Kevin Vuong entered the House of Commons today to take his seat as an independent MP after a controversial Spadina-Fort York victory in the September 20 election.

The Liberal Party dropped Vuong as a candidate two days before the vote after the Toronto Star reported that he faced sexual assault charges in 2019, which were later dropped. The Liberal party said it was not aware of the withdrawn charges.

His name remained on the ballot, and after his victory he decided to establish himself as an Independent.

Vuong apologized to his supporters, former Liberal colleagues and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he appeared on the Toronto radio show Moore in the Morning last week — his first interview since winning his seat.

Vuong, who has categorically denied the assault charge, said on his way to the House of Commons today that he owned his actions and that people have contacted him to encourage him to move forward.

“I think there’s a core of people on social media and, you know, political agents who want to see me fail,” he said.

“Of the many, many people who have contacted me since my interview, they have encouraged me to move on. And that’s what I’m going to do.”

“It is an honor to represent the people of Spadina-Fort York, and you know, I have only received many encouraging messages to continue serving. … I was completely transparent. I was on the record, and I’m right.”

Liberal House Leader Mark Holland said earlier Monday that it would be best if Vuong “steps down”.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 22, 2021

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