PMO says gambling problem prompted Brampton MP's sudden resignation


spaminator
#1
PMO says gambling problem prompted Brampton MP's sudden resignation
Canadian Press
Published:
November 23, 2018
Updated:
November 23, 2018 6:05 PM EST
Liberal MP Raj Grewal rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on June 3, 2016. Raj Grewal's sudden resignation as a Liberal MP was prompted by a gambling problem, according to the Prime Minister's Office.Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press / Files
OTTAWA — Raj Grewal’s sudden resignation as a Liberal MP was prompted by a gambling problem, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Grewal, who represented the riding of Brampton East, announced his immediate resignation Thursday, citing unspecified personal and medical reasons.
On Friday, the PMO issued a statement saying that Grewal had informed the office earlier this week “that he is undergoing serious personal challenges and that he is receiving treatment from a health professional related to a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.
“Based on these circumstances, we agreed that his decision to resign as Member of Parliament for Brampton East was the right one. We hope he receives the support he needs.”
The statement, issued in response to numerous media inquiries, went on to say: “We are not aware of an investigation by the Peel Regional Police. We are aware of inquiries by the RCMP regarding the circumstances that were the subject of a complaint to the ethics commissioner about Mr. Grewal earlier this year.”
Ethics watchdog Mario Dion launched a formal inquiry last May after two opposition MPs expressed concerns that Grewal might have been in a conflict of interest when he invited a construction executive — who was paying Grewal for legal services at the time — to official events with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister’s trip to India early this year.
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The conflict-of-interest code prohibits MPs from using their positions to further their private interests or to improperly further another person’s interests.
It’s not clear what prompted the PMO’s reference to the Peel police and a spokesperson for the force declined to comment.
“We do not confirm if we are investigating an individual or if there is an active investigation,” said Const. Akhil Mooken. “The only time we would share information on an individual is if charges were laid.”
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...en-resignation
 
Johnnny
#2
Gambling messes you up.

I recently beat my gambling addiction and it wasn't easy.

This guy must have been in the hole big time
 
spaminator
#3
Many unanswered questions about MP Raj Grewal, Trudeau says
Canadian Press
Published:
November 28, 2018
Updated:
November 28, 2018 11:55 AM EST
Liberal MP Raj Grewal rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on June 3, 2016. Raj Grewal's sudden resignation as a Liberal MP was prompted by a gambling problem, according to the Prime Minister's Office.Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press / Files
OTTAWA — As the political storm around Raj Grewal intensifies, Justin Trudeau says there are many lingering questions about the Liberal MP.
The prime minister says he wishes Grewal the best in the healing he needs to go through, but the government won’t comment further on him.
The Prime Minister’s Office said last week that Grewal’s sudden decision to step down as MP for the Ontario riding of Brampton East was prompted by a gambling problem.
However, as of early today Elections Canada hadn’t been notified of any resignation.
On Friday, the PMO issued a statement saying Grewal had informed the office earlier this week that he was undergoing serious personal challenges and that he is receiving treatment related to a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.
The federal ethics commissioner began a formal inquiry last May after two opposition MPs expressed concerns that Grewal might have been in a conflict of interest when he invited a construction executive — who was paying Grewal for legal services at the time — to official events with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister’s trip to India early this year.
http://torontosun.com/news/national/...l-trudeau-says
 
spaminator
#4
PMO recently learned of ex-Grit MP Raj Grewal's gambling issues: Trudeau
Canadian Press
Published:
December 1, 2018
Updated:
December 1, 2018 7:13 PM EST
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The chief government whip for the federal Liberals says MP Raj Grewal is out of the party caucus.
Ajax MP Mark Holland says in a tweet that he confirmed Saturday morning with the Speaker of the House of Commons that Grewal “is not a member of the Liberal caucus.”
The MP for Brampton East took to Facebook on Friday to say he has repaid his sizable gambling debts and is now reconsidering his hasty decision to quit politics.
He announced last month that he was stepping down immediately to deal with “personal and medical reasons.”
The Prime Minister’s Office later said Grewal’s sudden decision was prompted by a gambling problem that led him to incur significant personal debts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday he learned of Grewal’s gambling problem just over a week ago, but his office had no information that an RCMP investigation was connected to the issue.
Trudeau told a news conference in Buenos Aires his office was aware the Mounties had been examining Raj Grewal’s connection to the prime minister’s trip to India this year.
Grewal had invited a construction executive — who was paying him for legal services — to official events with Trudeau during the trip.
The PMO was aware the RCMP was asking questions related to the India trip and that an ethics investigation was going on around Grewal, Trudeau said.
“We had no information at that point there was any connection to a gambling problem we had no information on,” he said.
“On Wednesday of last week, I was apprised of Mr. Grewal’s gambling problem…. I understand my office became aware of that within a day or so of briefing me.”
In his Facebook message Friday, Grewal said he began frequenting the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Que., in early 2016, racking up personal debt in the millions of dollars playing high-stakes blackjack. He started to borrow money from family and friends to continue to gamble.
“On an average sitting, I would spend between 15 to 30 minutes at a table, and I either won a lot of money, which made me continue to chase wins, or I lost a significant amount of money, which threw me into complete despair,” he said.
“I want to make it clear, that every single personal loan made to me was by cheque. Everybody has been paid back, and every loan and repayment is transparent and traceable.”
The issue had nothing to do with “anything sinister” except addiction issues, he added, while apologizing to his family for having to bail him out and carry the burden with him.
Grewal said he would take a leave of absence from the Liberal caucus to focus on his mental health, and make a final decision about his political future before Parliament resumes in the new year.
A source with knowledge of events has told The Canadian Press that the RCMP began looking into Grewal’s casino gambling based on reports of unusually large financial transactions.
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