Saturday , July 31 2021

Raj Grewal made the "right" to call off, PMO says

Asked about Grewal's statement that he rethought his resignation to resign, the official noted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had already said he believed Grewal's first impetus to fall was "the right."

More than a week after Grewal shocked Parliament Hill with his resignation announcement, he posted a video on Facebook in which he apologized for his silence among the reports of his notable personal debts and police research on his games.

He said his initial decision to resign was "discouraged" and swift as he was "very emotional" and exhausted.

He said he would decide whether to fall down as the MP for Brampton East when the Parliament will return after the midnight in January.

But NDP-MP Nathan Cullen said Grewal's video raises many more questions, especially where the MP has accepted millions of dollars to repay their debts at the same time as he has a significant mortgage in central Toronto.

"I think I'm trying to answer what really concerns concerns about her behavior, Mr. Grewal has ended up even more questions," said Cullen in an interview on Saturday.

"He says he has borrowed a million dollars from his family to pay his debts. Now he says he has given back to their family members with what money?" Said Cullen (Skeena-Bulkey Valley).

"We have sympathy, we are sorry for addicted people. That's not the problem here," he said.

The development covers a week of uproar and speculation around Grewal, which was first elected in 2015.

Grewal broke his long silence in the video posted on Facebook, saying he wanted to "share my story, because Canadians deserve to know what happened", and to clear speculation about their expenses and reports on police research.

In the video, the 33-year-old politician detailed as a recreational play during the university became a ferocious and expensive addiction, which cost him a million dollars.

He says he never thought he would suffer "mental health and addiction, but it has become an important personal problem that I now recognize and be responsible".

During his time in Otaano, the parliamentarian stood at the Hilton hotel in Gatineau, which is linked to the La Lac-Leamy Casino. Grewal said his casino visit, starting in 2016, was rapidly swift "as he played high stacks, high limits, playing 15 to 30 minutes at a table.

"I have also earned a lot of money, which made me continue to pursue wins, or I lost an enormous amount of money that has thrown me in complete despair," said Grewal.

The lost games ran on the billions of dollars, but Grewal said he played, with money paid by friends and family.

The Globe and Mail reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigated Grewal, and that its spending also attracted the attention of the federal agency, which monitors unusual financial transactions.

But Grewal was trying to expel questions about his expense and the origins of his money, saying that every personal loan was by check.

"All have been returned, and every loan and repayment is transparent and transferable," he said.

"This has nothing to do with no sinister except for feeding my own addiction," said Grewal.

"My sins are not based on corruption and dishonor, they are born of human weakness."

According to his disclosure, Grewal also faced questions about his work on the Community's financial committee earlier this year and his questions to money makers.

But Grewal said these issues were based on his information for the commission of his own staff. In order to suggest that he tries to know if the authorities were in his habit, he said, "it is to blink reality".

Grewal said he had left the committee in September because of his wish to try something different.

The politician said he first informed his family about the problem on November 5 and spoke to the Prime Minister on November 19. Three days later, he announced he had resigned to his chair for "personal and medical reasons". It was revealed that the next day that Grewal had a problem of playing.

Grewal is already the subject of research by the ethics commissioner of the Parliament, which can also be involved in RCMP. Opposition parties raised concerns about conflict of interest when Grewal invited the Brampton boss leader to hobnob with ministerial ministers and senior government officials during the February travel of prime minister to India.

This company, ZGemi Inc., paid Grewal for legal work after he became MP in the 2015 election. The former Bay St. lawyer was also paid by a Brampton legal firm named Gahir and Associates, according to his most recent disclosure with the ethics commissioner, from last December.

In his statement on Friday night, Grewal said that both sources of income – over their $ 175,000 salary as MP – were approved by the ethics commissioner. He said he had finished his relationship with one of the employers in January 2018, and continues to work with the other in a limited capacity to maintain his "legal agility." He did not say he was still working.

Speaking a Saturday in Buenos Aires, where he attended a meeting of G20 leaders, Trudeau said his officials learned a police officer also asked questions related to ethical research, "but we did not have information at this point that there is a relationship with a problem of play. "

Grewal also dealt with details reported in the media on his three lines of credit that he said related to student debts, as well as a mortgage and signed loans on vehicles.

Public records show that he has $ 1.5 million mortgages in the Bay St. condo, as well as loans he had signed on three vehicles since August 2017: one for 2017 Land Rover signed up with ZGemi Inc., worth $ 116,824 and two others with Jaskarn Dhillon earlier this year to buy 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2019 Dodge Ram 1500.

Grewal said in his video that he had signed one rent for a friend who needed a car, and had one for his own vehicle. He also said that he and his wife together bought a $ 1.4 million compound and that their mortgage is currently $ 1 million.

Grewal said his wife, who only married four months ago, was in the dark about his problem of playing, because their finances are separate.

The parliamentarian said he could not express the "shame and embarrassment that comes with his problem of playing.

"I know I was shocking many and left everyone asking, as someone with education and privilege could do something so stupid," he said.

Alex Ballingall is an Ottawa based reporter that covers national politics. Follow on Twitter: @aballinga

Bruce Campion-Smith is a Ottawa-based reporter that covers national politics. Follow on Twitter: @yowflier

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