Toronto: Liberal MP Han Dong has announced his resignation from the Liberal Caucus over allegations that China interfered in Canada’s elections and said he will sit as an Independent.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Dong said that the rumors spread against him by some media outlets citing unconfirmed reports and anonymous sources have severely damaged his reputation and also raised questions about his loyalty to Canada.

Some news reports, quoting anonymous security sources, alleged that Dong had spoken to a Chinese diplomat in Toronto in February 2021 about Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

At the time, the two Canadians had been under house arrest in China for more than two years. They were arrested by China in December 2018 as part of a malicious crackdown in connection with Huawei’s executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested from Vancouver in December 2018.

Dong told the House of Commons that the reports were malicious and that he wanted to make it clear that he had not supported or advocated any Canadian’s original human rights violations.

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