Indo-Canadian MP quits key post after violating Covid shuttle curbs – world news



Amid hysteria in Canada inside political circles over non-essential international shuttle as the second one wave of the Covid-19 pandemic surges in the country, an Indo-Canadian MP has resigned as parliamentary secretary after attending a memorial service for her uncle in the USA.

Politicians in the country have come under increasing attack in recent days for preaching against such shuttle and then doing the same themselves. Then again, while arguing that the “purpose” of her shuttle was once “deemed necessary under the circumstances”, the Brampton West MP “made up our minds to step aside” from her duties as parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of international development.

In a commentary, Khera said this was once “to be able to ensure my choices do not distract from the important work of our government to continue battling this pandemic.”

Delhi-born Khera, who is a trained nurse, had won a lot of compliment this spring as she helped out as a volunteer as the coronavirus crisis first came to the country. She was once the first Canadian MP to contract the virus. “I am hoping so as to do my part in the vaccine roll-out where there could also be nursing shortages,” she added in her commentary.

She said her father gave up the ghost in September and her uncle a couple of weeks later, and she travelled to Seattle for a private memorial service for the latter attended by less than 10 persons, after not with the ability to attend the funeral at the time of his death. She left Canada on December 23, after the end of the Parliamentary session and returned on December 31.

Her Liberal Party colleague Sameer Zuberi, who travelled to Delaware to visit his wife’s ailing grandfather final month, has resigned from parliamentary committee positions that he had held, while New Democratic Party MP Niki Ashton missing her formal parliamentary roles with her party after going to Greece to visit her sick grandmother.

The finance minister of the province of Ontario Rod Phillips resigned from that post final week after it emerged that he went to the island of St Barts for a Caribbean vacation in late December.


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