Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal, who was embroiled in a gambling addiction scandal has decided he won’t be running in the upcoming federal election.
The Brampton East MP left the Liberal caucus last December, weeks after the Prime Minister’s Office said he was receiving treatment from a health professional “related to a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.” He sat as an Independent before Parliament was dissolved for the election.
Grewal had, according to media reports accumulated debt amounting to more than $1 million.
Grewal’s debts and position as an MP one who sat on the finance committee prompted opposition politicians to question the government in the House of Commons about what it knew of Grewal’s troubles and when.
NDP MP Nathan Cullen also grilled the government in the Commons, demanding answers about Grewal’s time on the finance committee. There were concerns about some of the questions he asked senior RCMP regarding their methods of investigating money laundering.
Grewal’s most recent filing with the ethics commissioner’s office at the time showed he had been carrying lines of credit with three separate banks: RBC, TD Bank and Scotiabank. He and another individual also held an HSBC mortgage.
His assets listed in the ethics filing included joint ownership of a residential investment property in Toronto.
That filing also showed Grewal had earned employment income from ZGemi Inc., a general contractor located in Brampton, and from the law firm Gahir & Associates, on top of his MP’s salary.
Despite talk of him resigning his seat in parliament, Grewal decided to serve out his term because that’s what he promised his constituents. He is expected to return to private practice at his law firm. -CINEWS