MPP Goldie Ghamari 'disappointed' by Doug Ford's decision to oust her from caucus after Tommy Robinson photo

The ousting came after Ghamari posted a photo of herself speaking with Tommy Robinson online.

MPP Goldie Ghamari 'disappointed' by Doug Ford's decision to oust her from caucus after Tommy Robinson photo
The Canadian Press / Chris Young and X / gghamari
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MPP Goldie Ghamari released a statement on Tuesday after it was announced that she would be expelled from Premier Doug Ford's caucus for repeated lapses in judgment.

The decision to kick out Ghamari came after she appeared in a photo speaking online with activist Tommy Robinson, which prompted calls for her removal by the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

"I was disappointed with Doug Ford's unilateral decision to remove me from caucus. I am a proud Canadian who was born in Iran. My parents fled an Islamofascist dictatorship in 1986 and came to Canada after my father narrowly escaped a roadside execution with his life," Ghamari wrote.

"As the first Iranian-Canadian woman elected to office in Canada, I'm proud to use my personal time to raise awareness and speak to people in Canada and around the world about the terrorist Islamic Regime in Iran, its countless human rights violations, and its very real threat to Canadians in Canada. The recent decision by the federal government to put the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the Canadian terror list after the NSICOP found that the Islamic Regime in Iran is one of the main culprits of foreign interference in Canada is proof."

Ghamari said to her constituents that her office remains open as usual, and her team will continue to assist with all requests. "I am still your MPP and I will continue to be your voice at Queen's Park, as I have been doing for the last 6 years," Ghamari stated. She expressed gratitude to everyone who has supported her efforts to raise awareness about IRGC terrorists in Canada, emphasizing that she will continue to speak out on this issue.

She also reaffirmed her commitment to conservative policies, saying "I am a conservative and that will never change." She also thanked her supporters for the hundreds of emails, calls, and messages of support, saying, "I appreciate you all very much."

"Serving the people of Carleton has been the honour of a lifetime. I don't yet know what the future holds for me, but I am feeling very hopeful and optimistic. I will be taking some time to reflect on my next steps. When one door closes, another opens," she wrote.

"Thank you and God bless Canada," the statement concludes.

The ousting came after Ghamari posted a photo of herself speaking with Robinson online. A post calling for her resignation by the National Council of Canadian Muslims erroneously linked Robinson with the "Islamophobic Norwegian mass shooter who killed 77 people in 2011."

Robinson was in Canada at the time after he was arrested following speech at a Rebel News event in Calgary by undercover police and uniformed officers. Robinson was not charged and has since returned to his home in the UK.

In response to the controversy, Ghamari said that she condemned all forms of Islamophobia and antisemitism, claiming that she was not aware of Robinson's history.

"I chose to meet with him because I am an Iranian-Canadian immigrant who has been speaking out on behalf of human rights violations by the Islamic Regime in Iran against Iranians in Iran and their attempts to spy and threaten Iranians in Canada," Ghamari said. "He wanted to discuss the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) which was recently listed as a terrorist entity in Canada."

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