Embattled Liberal candidate Raj Saini booted from re-election race

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Despite a week of unapologetic and public support by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the re-election bid by Liberal Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini has ended. Steadfastly denying allegations of unwanted sexual advances made towards young female staffers dating back to 2015, Saini issued a statement on Saturday announcing his withdrawal from his re-election campaign in the key Liberal riding. “The false allegations have been reported uncritically and at face value, and consistently repeated in other news stories,” his statement read. A statement from the federal Liberals said ‘new information’ was provided to them on Friday, prompting a ‘review process’ that lead to Saini’s ejection. The move leaves no Liberal candidate in the key riding, and the ejection came too late to remove Saini’s name from the ballot. Trudeau‘s support of Saini brought criticism from reporters, opposition parties and victims’ advocates, who questioned why the Kitchener Centre candidate was even allowed to run given the allegations against him. First broken by CBC News, Saini was reportedly allowed to launch his re-election campaign despite allegations that spanned his six years as a Liberal MP.

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