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.
On the Burnaby South byelection controversy, Trudeau is asked if he should apologize to @theJagmeetSingh. Trudeau calls the statement from the former candidate unacceptable & not in line with the Liberals. Says that's why she is no longer the candidate. #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 18, 2019
“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.
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