Green Party candidate Waji Khan endorses NDP candidate, retracts

Khan deleted Tweets endorsing Vic Sahai

Khan encourages voters to vote Green.
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On Sept. 16, Green Party candidate for the Kingston and the Islands, Waji Khan, announced his endorsement for NDP candidate Vic Sahai.

“I welcome this Endorsement from Dr. Waji Khan, the 2021 Kingston and the Islands Green Party Candidate,” Sahai announced in a post on Instagram.

As a Public Health Scientist, Sahai stated that his views align with Khan’s on climate jobs and climate justice.

“I admire and respect Dr. Khan as a fellow candidate and agree that progressive voters in Kingston need to work together to oust the Liberals here. Greenhouse Gas Emissions have climbed every year under Trudeau. We cannot trust the old parties with our future,” Sahai wrote.

In a series of post on Twitter, referenced in Sahai’s caption, Khan said it’s “better for our country to support other parties and candidates.”

“The Trudeau government has lost its moral authority to govern in this country and the Green Party has a real plan for prosperity. However, with very low levels of national support and very little time to Brand a campaign, we aren’t likely to win.”

Since the initial Tweets, Khan has retracted his support for Sahai and the NDP, deleting the original message from his Twitter. In a more recent tweet, the candidate stated that "strategic voting is not the solution."

"Jagmeet Singh’s refusal to commit to cancel the TMX pipeline has made it clearer than ever that @CanadianGreens are the only party that will deliver on climate, GLI, & affordable housing. I urge Kingstonians to vote Green on Sept. 20." 

On his retracted message, Khan Tweeted "I posted a tweet this morning that supported the NDP candidate in Kingston. Like many struggling to make their voices heard in our broken FPTP system, I did so out of frustration & fear that the serious issues affecting my community are not being addressed."

This story is developing and will be updated with more information.

 
 
 
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