B.C. Liberal MLAs apologize for offensive remarks: NDP statement

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      The ruling B.C. NDP caucus has issued a statement regarding the conduct of two Liberal MLAs.

      According to New Democrats, B.C. Liberals Jas Johal and Ian Paton have apologized for “offensive remarks” they made in the legislative assembly Monday (May 27).

      Johal reportedly said that NDP MLA Jinny Sims represented “Surrey-Panorama, not Islamabad North”.

      According to the B.C. NDP, the Pakistani-Canadian community was not happy about what the Richmond-Queensborough MLA said.

      As for Paton, the Delta South MLA reportedly said that the South Asian community should “keep their kids out of gangs”, and to “give them the opportunity to work”.

      The statement quoted B.C. NDP Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Jagrup Brar, saying Liberals are “disrespecting people of different backgrounds”.

      “This pattern of behaviour is offensive and hurtful to our communities,” Brar said. “British Columbians deserve much better than what they’re getting from Andrew Wilkinson’s team.”