Independent MP Kevin Vuong 'open' to joining Conservatives

In an interview with True North's Andrew Lawton, Vuong said “The door has always been open from my side,” noting he's had conversations with others who think he'd easily slot into the Conservative caucus.

Independent MP Kevin Vuong 'open' to joining Conservatives
The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld
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After being removed from the Liberals following a scandal over withdrawn sexual assault charges in 2021, Independent MP Kevin Vuong says he's open to joining the Conservative Party of Canada.

In an interview with True North's Andrew Lawton, Vuong said “The door has always been open from my side,” noting he's had conversations with others who think he'd easily slot into the Conservative caucus.

“But you know, it’s not just up to me, I think it’s up to the party brass and the leadership, as well, to find a fit and a path,” he added.

The MP, who represents the downtown Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York, was ejected by the Liberals ahead of the 2021 election but remained on the ballot with the party still next to his name.

When asked why he didn't resign following his election, Vuong felt that decision would have been seen as “an admission of guilt,” CBC reported. “I have nothing to be guilty about,” he said.

He described the accusation as part of a “honey trap” tactic carried out by the Chinese Communist Party. 

Following his ejection, Vuong was at one point still hopeful to rejoin the Liberals.

In his conversation with Lawton, the MP said he had only become a “card-carrying Liberal” a short time before serving as a Liberal candidate. Vuong sees himself as a centrist, sharing beliefs with both Liberals and Conservatives alike.

“I can tell you for a fact I wouldn’t vote for the NDP. They do not reflect my values,” he told the host. “I think like the majority of Canadians, I’m pretty centrist.”

Vuong's voting record backs up his claim of sharing views from both sides, having supported both parties on votes in the House of Commons.

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's office declined to comment on the discussion, True North reported.

With the Conservatives holding a commanding lead over the Liberals in the polls, Vuong is eyeing an “opportunity to contribute” and “course correct” the direction Canada has been heading under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's lead.

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