On Wednesday, Kevin Vuong said that during his first interview with the Toronto Star he was escorted out of a televised debate by security guards over concerns he might crash it.
Vuong, a Liberal member of Parliament, asserted in the interview that as soon as he sat down at the debate moderated by former CBC television host Evan Solomon, he saw staff members with video cameras and said that “associates” of Progressive Conservative candidate Devinder Shory were trying to intimidate him by pointing at him during the debate.
Vuong said that the Conservative campaign staff asked him several times to leave but he refused and was finally escorted out by security.
When the interview took place, Solomon did ask about the caucus emails published by the CBC on Sept. 29, in which Vuong offered a commentary on Conservative candidate Majid Awad’s performance in a policy debate.
“We have to talk about political operatives who want to bring down my party — Devinder Shory, Conservative candidate in Markham—Unionville, and his cohorts in caucus,” he said.
But he refused to criticize his caucus colleagues for their actions during the debate.
Vuong said in the interview that he was not sure if he would be able to campaign this week in Markham—Unionville, where his father, a Tamil activist, was murdered in a 1997 case of torture.
But he said that he was facing particular social media attacks that have him worried he won’t be able to win.
“S[i]nonymous social media people are sending me these racist comments and very maliciously, and I think it’s time to do something about this,” he said.
“Someone took $10,000 out of my campaign and it’s supposedly because they don’t like a Tamil woman’s views,” he said. “I don’t know who is behind this. I’m going to have to do something about this.”
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