Another Liberal MP Jumps Ship

Geng Tan won’t be running again, an announcement that came as a surprise considering he had already been nominated.

In a surprise announcement, Liberal MP Geng Tan – who was elected for the first time in 2015 – has announced he won’t be running again.

Tan says he’s going to spend more time with his family.

In 2015, Tan won 51.4% of the vote in the riding of Don Valley North, a constituency that is expected to be closely contest this year.

Here’s what Tan said on Facebook:

“After much consideration, I have come to conclusion that time has now come to spend more time with family and pursue other careers. I have notified the Whip that I will not run for re-election in the fall.

As a first generation immigrant, I came to politics with a passion and a desire to help people and serve all Canadians and the country. I want to thank the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader Justin Trudeau, and constituents of Don Valley North for providing me with the opportunity to serve the country over the past four years. I am happy that Canada is moving on the right track and direction under the current Government. I am delighted to have been part of the team to accomplish so many achievements.

I want specially to thank my wife Laura, family, all supporters and great volunteers, and the community, for their firm and unwavering encouragement and support, ever since the start of my nomination campaign five years ago. I am extremely proud of them!

I am very grateful to my wonderful dedicated staff who worked very hard and gained a great reputation in promptly serving constituents with extraordinary quality. I and my staff will continue to serve the people of Don Valley North till the end of this term.”

Past controversy

Tan’s time in office has not been without controversy.

In January 2018, it was reported that Tan had acted as an intermediary for an individual who was under investigation by the RCMP, the Ontario Securities Commission, and the Chinese government in relation to a pyramid scheme estimated at $466 million.

“Tan’s office admitted that he contacted Chinese authorities regarding the Gong case. Notably, Gong has given “$7,000 to the Liberal Party over the past few years, and was at a Liberal fundraiser involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese-Canadian business people in Toronto in May, 2016.”

The report also noted that “Since the 2015 election, Mr. Tan has travelled frequently to China, where he has met Communist Party officials whose goal is to win overseas support for the authoritarian government’s political agenda.”

Liberals lacking confidence?

Tan is not the first Liberal MP who has decided not to run. Indeed, the growing number of Lib MPs who aren’t seeking re-election is reminiscent of the flood of Conservative MPs who jumped ship in 2015. That is often a sign that people are seeing negative things on the ground in their ridings. That tracks with Trudeau’s low popularity numbers, and shows that the Liberals may be lacking confidence as the election nears.

Spencer Fernando

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Major Tom
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Methinks…..when a Lib jumps ship….the Law of the Sea does not apply…..

Glen Aldridge
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Glen Aldridge

“I am happy that Canada is moving on the right track and direction under the current Government. I am delighted to have been part of the team to accomplish so many achievements.” Am I missing something because I am having a hard time coming up with 3 things that weren’t destructive to Canadians let alone, “Many Accomplishments.”

jim
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jim

Time to move on before the rcmp do something?

Troy
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Troy

“More time with family…”
That is easily deciphered as ‘Trudeau, you are an idiot.’

Brian MELLOR
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Brian MELLOR

It sounds like there is another scandal involving illegal Chinese support.

William Roberts
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William Roberts

Did they increase the sentences for spying or something?

Thomas Tass
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Thomas Tass

Its always the same story, “want to spend more time with family”. Easy out instead of telling supporters the truth which has more to do with being reelected than family considerations. Middle of the road Liberals are well aware of the dislike that urban Canadians of all races, genders and ethnicity have for their leader and the corrupt cabal surrounding him. The shallowness of domestic successes for the past three and one half years has been revealed. The brand of Canada has also been badly hurt internationally. Canada has few friends in India, USA, China, Philippines, etc. Not sure how… Read more »

JAMES R. CHARLTON
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JAMES R. CHARLTON

GOOD RIDDANCE I SAY

Jeff Gonez
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Jeff Gonez

I don’t care. Watch him get back in!

GarletFarlet
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GarletFarlet

I guess he feels raising taxes, forcing a carbon tax down our throats, completely killing the energy sector out west and accusing Canadians of genocide are “accomplishments”…
They’ve been in office for 4 years and the Alberta pipeline project STILL isn’t approved.