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Vincent Ke steps down from Ontario PC caucus

Toronto MP Vincent Ke is leaving the Progressive Conservative caucus as an independent amid allegations of involvement in Chinese election meddling in the 2019 federal election.

In a statement to CTV News Toronto Friday night, Premier Doug Ford’s office confirmed that Ken, who represents Don Valley North at Queen’s Park, has offered to leave the group “out of an abundance of caution.”

“While the allegations against Mr. Ke have not been proven, they are serious and deserve his full and undivided attention as he works to clear his name,” the statement said.

“The Prime Minister agreed and accepted his resignation, which takes effect immediately.”

On Friday, Global News reported Ke’s alleged involvement in Chinese election interference during the 2019 federal election. CTV News Toronto has not yet independently confirmed the allegations.

Kay’s resignation came hours after Ford announced the MPP would take over as chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

“While Global News’ allegations about me are false and defamatory, I do not want to distract the government and take away from the good work Premier Ford is doing for the province of Ontario,” Ken wrote in a statement on Twitter. .

“Therefore, I will be stepping down from the PC caucus to devote my time to clearing my name and representing my constituents.”

Kay worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public and Business Services. He was first elected as a member of the legislative body in 2018.

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