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'Unacceptable': Trudeau won't reinstate Wang as Burnaby South by-election candidate

Last Updated Jan 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm PST

Summary

'Those statements were not in keeping with what the Liberal Party stands for,' said Trudeau

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Her comments were unacceptable. That’s coming from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Karen Wang, the now-former Liberal candidate in the by-election in Burnaby South after racially charged comments on a social media site.

On Friday, Trudeau said Wang does not represent the values of the Liberal Party.

“It was unacceptable. It was not representative of the kinds of politics that I put forward — certainly, the kinds of politics that our team focuses on,” he said.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths, as a country. Those statements were not in keeping with what the Liberal Party stands for. Certainly, that is why the individual is no longer part of our team,” Trudeau added.

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On Thursday, the day after she resigned over the comments about federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnic background, Wang had asked the prime minister to reinstate her.

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– With files from Cormac MacSweeney