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CanadaBrampton MP Raj Grewal rethinking decision to resign, says he repaid gambling debts

07:45  01 december  2018
07:45  01 december  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Ex-Liberal MP who resigned this week under treatment for gambling problem, prime minister’s office says

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OTTAWA— Brampton East MP Raj Grewal said Friday night that he might not actually resign seat, despite admitting to a gambling addiction that drove him to borrow money from family and friends and prompted him to announce he would step down just last week. The 33-year-old MP at the centre of a

OTTAWA -- Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he has repaid his sizable gambling debts and is now reconsidering his hasty decision to quit politics. Grewal 's sudden decision to step down as the member for the southern Ontario riding of Brampton East was prompted by a gambling problem that

Brampton MP Raj Grewal rethinking decision to resign, says he repaid gambling debts © Adrian Wyld Eight days after Liberal MP Raj Grewal said on Facebook that he would resign his seat, he said he had changed his mind and hadn’t decide whether to leave politics. He said he would wait to make a decision until Parliament resumes after the winter break in January.

OTTAWA—Brampton East MP Raj Grewal said Friday night that he might not actually resign seat, despite admitting to a gambling addiction that drove him to borrow money from family and friends and prompted him to announce he would step down just last week.

The 33-year-old MP at the centre of a rolling controversy about reported police investigations into his gambling activity broke his silence Friday night in a video submitted to the Globe and Mail.

Grewal's name came up in wider probe: source

Grewal's name came up in wider probe: source Grewal's name came up in wider probe: source

Say a lot with a little. When you see a Tweet you love, tap the heart — it lets the person who wrote it know you shared the love. Spread the word. So lets get this straight Raj Grewal was millions in debt last year from gambling now all of a sudden a year later he paid off his debts .I find that hard to

OTTAWA— Brampton East MP Raj Grewal said Friday night that he might not actually resign seat, despite admitting to a gambling addiction that drove him to borrow money from family and friends and prompted him to announce he would step down just last week. The 33-year-old MP at the centre of a

In the video, Grewal is seen before a curtained window, speaking to the camera about what he calls a “mental health” issue with gambling that took hold after he was elected in 2015.

Eight days after he posted on Facebook that he would resign his seat, Grewal said he had changed his mind and would leave the Liberal caucus, but wouldn’t decide whether to leave politics until Parliament resumes after the winter break in January.

I’ve decided that I will be leaving the Liberal caucus and will be taking a leave of absence to focus on my mental health, and treatment plan,” Grewal said.

He said he accumulated a personal debt in “the millions of dollars” by playing high limit blackjack at the casino across the river from Parliament Hill, and that he fuelled his compulsion with loans from his friends and family. Grewal said all of the loans have been paid back.

Tory senator says he heard 18 months ago MP Grewal was under investigation, questions why PMO didn’t act then

Tory senator says he heard 18 months ago MP Grewal was under investigation, questions why PMO didn’t act then Quebec Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais and assistant Richard Desmarais say they were at an Ottawa reception in May of 2017 when a retired RCMP officer told them he had been informed about a probe of Grewal. “(He) told us, ‘Just check this guy at the casino. He is spending a lot, he’s under inquiry, and something will happen,’“ Desmarais said in an interview Thursday.  “He said, ‘You can go, you will see him, spending his money, he is under an inquiry’ … If the prime minister’s office didn’t know that, it’s unbelievable.

OTTAWA -- Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he has repaid his sizable gambling debts and is now reconsidering his hasty decision to quit politics. Grewal 's sudden decision to step down as the member for the southern Ontario riding of Brampton East was prompted by a gambling problem that

OTTAWA — Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he has repaid his sizable gambling debts and is now reconsidering his hasty decision to quit politics. Grewal 's sudden decision to step down as the member for the southern Ontario riding of Brampton East was prompted by a gambling problem that

“This has nothing to do at all with anything sinister, except to feed my own addiction,” he said.

Grewal apologized to his friends, family, and constituents in Brampton.

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Alex Ballingall is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @aballinga

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