Brampton Centre MP ousted by Liberals for making ‘baseless and dangerous accusations’ against caucus colleagues

OTTAWA—The federal Liberals have kicked out of caucus Brampton Centre MP Ramesh Sangha, charging him with making “baseless and dangerous accusations against a number of his caucus colleagues.”In a statement, the chief government whip Mark Holland says that he learned about the allegations late last week and consulted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau immediately.“The necessary steps were taken. As of this afternoon, Mr. Sangha has been removed from the Liberal caucus,” said Holland, who has not yet replied to a request for clarification.The statement goes on to say, “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.”“The Liberal caucus continues to stand firm against racism and intolerance.”Sangha, a lawyer from Brampton first elected in 2015 under new riding boundaries, is now listed as an Independent MP on the parliamentary website. Tonda MacCharles is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @tondamacc

Brampton Centre MP ousted by Liberals for making ‘baseless and dangerous accusations’ against caucus colleagues

OTTAWA—The federal Liberals have kicked out of caucus Brampton Centre MP Ramesh Sangha, charging him with making “baseless and dangerous accusations against a number of his caucus colleagues.”

In a statement, the chief government whip Mark Holland says that he learned about the allegations late last week and consulted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau immediately.

“The necessary steps were taken. As of this afternoon, Mr. Sangha has been removed from the Liberal caucus,” said Holland, who has not yet replied to a request for clarification.

The statement goes on to say, “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.”

“The Liberal caucus continues to stand firm against racism and intolerance.”

Sangha, a lawyer from Brampton first elected in 2015 under new riding boundaries, is now listed as an Independent MP on the parliamentary website.

Tonda MacCharles is an Ottawa-based reporter covering federal politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @tondamacc

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