Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai. (Now-Leader file photo)

OUR VIEW: Surrey MP Sarai owes us some answers

Questions linger after Randeep Sarai admits to inviting criminal to Trudeau reception in India

It’s a tragedy. Whatever shall we do?

Randeep Sarai has stepped down as the chair of the Liberal Pacific caucus, in the wake of Prime Minister Trudeau’s embarrassing trip to India. (You know, the trip in which Jaspal Atwal, found guilty of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, was invited to attend a reception with Trudeau).

“I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events,” the Surrey MP, who remains the Liberal member for Surrey Centre, tweeted on Tuesday night.

Still, questions remain unanswered. This is because the duly elected MP for Surrey Centre has not returned a week’s worth of our phone calls and emails. At one point, Sarai’s constituency office refused to confirm if the MP was in India, or Canada.

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So, we’ll ask several of those questions here. Sarai says he “facilitated” Atwal’s request.

Why did he do that? How close is he to Atwal, his Facebook “friend?” The government’s acting like the invitation was an oversight, but Sarai, and fellow Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, have appeared in photos with Atwal before, suggesting a certain coziness there.

Sarai’s stepping down from this caucus position — was it his idea, or Trudeau’s? And what does it really mean, anyway? Was this some type of discipline, when the buck really should stop with the leader himself? If it’s not discipline, is it then a cynical attempt to satiate voters in the hope they’ll forget about this monumental blunder?

Mr. Sarai, we eagerly await your reply.

Now-Leader



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