Raj Grewal could face federal ethics investigation

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There is a strong possibility MP Raj Grewal could be investigated by the federal ethics commissioner over the controversy that he extended to Yusuf Yenilmez, a construction executive whose company pays him for legal work.

Yusuf Yenilmez attended high profile events in New Delhi and Mumbai during the Prime Minister’s recent visit there.

Opposition MPs insist Grewal may have breached the Conflict of Interest Code for MPs when he secured an invitation for Yenilmez.

Grewal has until May 4 to respond to the allegations. After that, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion will decide whether to start an investigation within 15 business days.

It may be recalled that MP Grewal confirmed he receives “employment income” from Yenilmez’s company, as well as the Brampton law firm, Gahir and Associates.

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In his defence, Grewal said he invited a “diverse group of more than 30 supporters and stakeholders” to participate in events around the India trip. Since Yenilmez was registered to travel during the trip with the Canada-India Forum, he could get an invitation without him.

While it isn’t illegal for MPs who are not parliamentary secretaries or cabinet ministers to get paid for jobs outside of their duties as elected members of the House, so long as they don’t breach the conflict of interest code, the allegations against Grewal concentrate on two sections of the code that may have been violated, one pertaining to the prohibition of MPs from furthering their own private interests “or to improperly further another person’s” interests through their positions as elected officials.

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How MP Grewal intends spinning this remains to be seen. – CINEWS

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