There's a new twist in the ongoing Liberal drama in Burnaby South.
Today, former candidate Karen Wang sent an email to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals asking to be reinstated to run against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in the riding.
The story was broken by Toronto Sun reporter Joe Warmington, who spoke to her.
Yesterday, Wang withdrew from the by-election campaign in the wake of a controversy over her comments over Chinese social media.
Wang, a daycare operator, pointed out on WeChat that she's Chinese and Singh is of Indian descent—and if she can get 16,000 votes, she can win.
This ignited a controversy after her translated remarks were published in StarMetro.
In her email to Trudeau, Wang stated that she's surprised that her comment was considered unacceptable.
"I have many Indian friends and as far as I am aware the two communities get along well," Wang declared. "In summary I am not a racist. I treat all Canadians equally regardless of their race, religion, or anything else and I am deeply offended by the false suggestion that I am a racist."
She plans to hold a news conference at 1 p.m. at the Burnaby Public Library.
The Liberal Party of Canada has refused Wang's request to give her a second chance.
Update No. 2
Burnaby's chief librarian, Beth Davies, informed Wang today that she couldn't hold a news conference on library property.More