Raj Grewal Says He’s Staying on as MP Despite Massive Gambling Debt

Only a few short months ago, Raj Grewal was on top of the world. He was a rising young star in Canada’s Parliament. However, two months ago, Grewal announced that he had a gambling problem.

Only a few short months ago, Raj Grewal was on top of the world. He was a rising young star in Canada’s Parliament.

However, two months ago, Grewal announced that he had a gambling problem. This was in response to an investigation into millions of dollars in gambling debts. He said he would seek treatment for his problem and would resign from Parliament.

Now, however, it appears that Grewal has changed his mind. He has decided that he is going to stay on as an MP, but not caucus with the Liberal Party. Grewal’s decision has raised several issues regarding money, debt, conflicts of interest, and redemption.

Raj Grewal’s Background

raj grewalBorn and raised in Toronto, Rajvinder Grewal is the son of immigrant Indian parents. His father worked as a cab driver to support his family. He was a scholarship student in college and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a law degree. In between his MBA and his law degree, Grewal worked as a financial analyst. He specialized in business law. After graduation, he worked in a business law firm. He specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance.

Grewal ran for the House of Commons in the 2015 federal election. He won the election and became the representative of the Brampton East district of Toronto. Brampton East is a primarily Asian district. Indians immigrants and their children saw his election as a triumph. Because of his financial expertise, Grewal got a seat on the important finance committee.

Gambling Issues

Grewal had not been in Parliament long when the rumors started circulating. People said they saw him in casinos in or near the capital of Ottawa. The rumors were largely ignored, however. Most chalked it up to a man who enjoyed gambling for stress relief. Parliament or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police became concerned after they received information from the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Quebec. This casino is not far from Ottawa. Canadian law requires casinos to report any large monetary transactions to the Canadian government. This is because Canada is trying to clamp down on excessive amounts of money laundering in the country. The casino noted Grewal lost millions between 2015 and 2018. Because Grewal is a member of Parliament, the RCMP began an investigation. The agency discovered Grewal was millions of dollars in debt.

Resigning—and Unresigning

When the allegations and investigation came to light, Grewal declared he would step down from his seat. He said he wanted to take time to seek help for his gambling problem. However, Grewal appears to have changed his mind. Now, he says he will keep his seat, at least through the next federal election in October.

Grewal originally said he needed time away to get help and figure out how to pay off his debts. Now, he says friends and family members helped him pay off all the debts. He did not disclose which family members and friends helped him. Grewal has said in the two months since the revelations about his gambling surfaced, he has experienced immense personal growth.

Some Parliament members in his old party are willing to allow Grewal to make mistakes and keep his seat. Others, on the other hand, aren’t so sure. Some people within his party are concerned about the money from a recent fundraiser held in his district. They wonder if he used the money from it to pay off his debts. Others are concerned about where the money to pay off Grewal’s debt came from. What is clear is that Grewal will continue to be controversial for the foreseeable future.

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