Opposition demands ethics commissioner investigate MP Raj Grewal

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The Conservatives and the NDP have asked the federal ethics commissioner to investigate whether a Liberal MP from Brampton broke parliamentary rules by helping his business associate hobnob with high-ranking officials during the prime minister’s trip to India.

In a letter sent Thursday to conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mario Dion, Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie pointed to two sections of the House of Commons ethics code that were broken by MP Grewal.

Grewal was in the news recently when it was revealed that he secured invites for Brampton construction executive Yusuf Yenilmez to events with the Canadian delegation during the trip who has received “employment income” from Yenilmez’s company, ZGemi Inc., since April 2017. Grewal however maintains that he provides legal services for private disputes that don’t involve the federal government.

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The public is divided on this issue and that depends upon who you ask. Liberal supporters think it is a witch hunt, Liberal critics believe that the optics of this is simply awful. One person pointed out that if Grewal worked in the private sector and did what he did as a politician, there would be no need for an investigation because he’d be shown the door very quickly. Many point out that such a conflict of interest would be a career limiting move. Apparently being a politician gives you immunity from rules that govern the rest of us. – CINEWS

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