(Ottawa) Brampton Center MP Ramesh Sangha was kicked out of the Liberal caucus for allegedly laying baseless charges against Liberal MPs.
Government whip Mark Holland said in a statement Monday that he learned late last week that Sangha had “made unsubstantiated and dangerous accusations” against a number of Liberal MPs.
He did not elaborate on the charges in question. He added that after consulting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he had taken “the necessary steps” to crack down on the MP.
“As we have clearly said time and time again, we will not tolerate dangerous and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories or rhetoric about parliamentarians or other Canadians,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for Canadians to be subject to suspicion because of their origins; we all know where this can lead. ”
He assured that the Liberal caucus is taking a firm stand against racism and intolerance.
Mr Sangha, a lawyer who was first elected as a Liberal MP in 2015, has in the past accused his party of bowing to Sikh separatists.
Prior to the 2019 federal election, the National Post revealed that the MP gave an interview in Punjabi, in which he suggested that Justin Trudeau’s Sikh ministers supported an independent Sikh homeland – Khalistan – in the Punjab region of India.
Indian officials made the same accusation, which had been categorically denied by the Trudeau government.