Surrey Liberal MP Randeep Sarai’s job got a little lighter after he announced on Twitter on Tuesday evening that he is stepping down as chair of the Liberal Pacific Caucus.
This, following the political maelstrom the Trudeau government has found itself in over the prime minister’s recent trip to India.
Sarai held the caucus position since Oct. 28, 2016.
“I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events. Moving forward, I will be exercising better judgment,” Sarai tweeted.
I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events. Moving forward, I will be exercising better judgment. As I don't want to distract from the good work of the Pacific Caucus, I will be stepping down as caucus chair.
— Randeep S. Sarai (@randeepssarai) February 28, 2018
The MP for Surrey Centre has not returned phone calls or emails from the Now-leader seeking further comment on why a Sikh extremist found guilty of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 was invited to attend a reception with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mumbai and New Delhi.
John Aldag, Liberal MP for Cloverdale-Langley City, returned phone calls seeking clarity on what the chair of the Pacific Caucus does and when that vacated position will be filled.
What does the MP holding that position actually do?
“It’s very much a kind of an administrative coordinator position,” Aldag explained.
B.C.’s 18 Liberal MPs meet regularly to discuss “issues that are of common interest for B.C. that we need to take to our national caucus,” he said. They also hear from delegations.
Is it a paid position?
“Caucus chair, anything to do with caucus is all for the glory,” Aldag noted. “Not a penny of extra money. I have to say at least I think that’s the case; I wasn’t under the impression there was any money involved with it but I’m sure it’s a voluntary thing.”
Aldag said the new caucus chair will likely be selected in the third week of March.