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.

homelessphoto

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



edit@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

‘Do or die’ time for Whalley, who fell in first game of Little League World Series

Team Canada goes down to powerful Panama in Williamsport, plays Spain Saturday

Air quality advisory continues in the Lower Mainland

Smoke from Interior fires brings fine particulate

TONIGHT: Grand finale of Concerts at the Pier

East Beach event set to begin at 7 p.m.

Eagle tree cut down in South Surrey for ‘The Eagles’ development

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

VIDEO: Surrey to host Western Regional Quidditch Championship in 2019

The fictional game in the Harry Potter series has become popular around the world, with 600 athletes in Canada alone

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Some of B.C.’s air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Okanagan, northern B.C. seeing some of the worst air quality globally

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada paid for study to understand Canadian attitudes

Most Read