Randeep Sarai quits as chair of the Liberal Party’s Pacific Caucus

Randeep Sarai

AS had been expected in political circles, Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai on Tuesday announced that he was quitting as chair of the Liberal Party’s Pacific Caucus because he was responsible for controversial radio personality Jaswal Atwal being invited to two events during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India.

Atwal, a former Khalistani terrorist who is now anti-Khalistani, was photographed with Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and with Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi at a Mumbai event last week. An invitation to Atwal to a High Commission dinner was rescinded.

Sarai immediately took responsibility for causing all the furor that resulted although the Prime Minister’s Office later said that ‘Atwal poses no security risk and no longer has any known ties to extremist causes’ and the Indian Home Ministry made it clear that Atwal was no longer on their blacklist and could enter India.

Ignorant, incompetent Canadian journalists kept referring to Atwal as a Khalistani terrorist and giving the impression that he is still involved with Khalistani extremists. One journalist even reported on his personal family case from the past just to create more sensationalism.

Sarai tweeted on Tuesday: “I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events. Moving forward, I will be exercising better judgment. As I don’t want to distract from the good work of the Pacific Caucus, I will be stepping down as caucus chair.”