Burnaby South Liberal candidate quits over Jagmeet Singh comments

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Following an intense backlash against her online comments about NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Liberal candidate Karen Wang was forced to quit the Burnaby South byelection race.

In a WeChat post reported by StarMetro Vancouver, Wang wrote that as the only Chinese candidate, she could beat Jagmeet Singh, who she noted is of “Indian descent.” Singh was born in Scarborough, Ont., to parents who immigrated to Canada from Punjab state in India.

“Recent online comments by Karen Wang are not aligned with the values of the Liberal Party of Canada,” said a statement from the party.

“The Liberal Party has a clear commitment to positive politics and support for Canadian diversity, and the same is always expected of our candidates.”

In a statement, Wang apologized to Singh and said her choice of words in the social media post were not well considered.

“In trying to speak about my own story and the importance of people of all different backgrounds getting involved in this important byelection, I made comments online that also referenced Jagmeet Singh’s cultural background.”

In response to Wang’s resignation, Singh told a media outlet: “I intend to represent everyone, whether their background is Korean, Sri Lankan, Chinese, European, Japanese, South Asian, Vietnamese, African or Indigenous — anyone who calls Burnaby South their home.”

The Liberal Party has until the deadline of February 4 to nominate a new candidate for the Burnaby South byelection which will be held February 25. -CINEWS

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