Scarborough, April 29 (CINEWS): Ex-MP Rathikia Sitsabaiesan announced she’s leaving the party to seek a byelection nomination as a Liberal, leaving many NDP supporters deeply irritated by what they see as being a case of betrayal.
Sitsabaiesan won the federal Scarborough-Rouge River riding in 2011 and became the first Tamil-Canadian MP, but she lost a bid last fall to be re-elected in a redistributed new riding, Scarborough North, which covered most of the same territory.
On Saturday, Sitsabaiesan announced on Facebook she had decided to stand for nomination – as a Liberal – in the provincial Scarborough-Rouge River riding left vacant last month by Bas Balkissoon.
Sitsabaiesan’s message, which argues she had “always believed that being a principled progressive goes beyond partisanship,” got her a lot of likes, but also lots of criticism.
But Sitsabaiesan’s nomination isn’t guaranteed, long-time Liberal Piragal Thiru, has already announced he will seek the nomination.
Details and dates for the nomination process haven’t been announced, said Singh, but the party has said the nomination will be open.
Sitsabaiesan’s decision has come in for plenty of criticism but the one thing that seems to be sticking is being described as opportunistic.