The government claims Sangha made “baseless and dangerous” accusations against his colleagues.
Liberal MP Ramesh Sangha is out of the Liberal Caucus, after allegedly making “baseless and dangerous” accusations against his colleagues.
That’s according to Mark Holland, the chief liberal government whip.
“As we have made clear time and time again, we will not tolerate conspiracy theories, or dangerous and unfounded rhetoric about Parliamentarians or other Canadians. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for many Canadians to experience suspicions because of their background; we all know where this can lead.”
CBC News claims that sources have told them Sangha made comments about Liberal MP Navdeep Bains. Bains is Sikh, and Sangha had previously criticized the Liberals for pandering to Sikh separatists:
“There is no doubt, there cannot be two opinions that the Liberal Party is pandering [to] Khalistan supporters,” the Post quoted Sangha as saying in an interview on 5AAB, a Punjabi-language channel based in Mississauga, Ont. “One thing is for sure, when we raise this issue, it will raise an anti-India slogan or demand the division of India on some ground. In that, ultimately our relations, the Canada-India relationship will certainly develop cracks.”
This video below appears to be a source of the concerns:
BREAKING | MP Sangha Parrots Baseless Indian Media Accusations Against MP Bains @liberal_party's @sangharamesh, in a Punjabi media interview, has parroted debunked Indian media claims about @NavdeepSBains departure from politics.
— Baaz (@BaazNewsOrg) January 23, 2021
This could show that there are more internal divisions within the Liberals than it previously appeared, with concern about the government putting Canada’s foreign policy at the cynical service of short-term domestic political gain. Of course, if Sangha is making unproven claims against his colleagues, then it’s no surprise things didn’t go well for him.
Also of note, while the Conservatives have been criticized for their removal of Derek Sloan (something I opposed as it was extremely hypocritical and based on a false-pretense), the Liberals acted in a much less democratic manner in the removal of Sangha, since that decision was made only by Justin Trudeau after consulting with Holland, rather than letting the Liberal Caucus make their voices heard.
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