Raj Grewal

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Raj Grewal

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Brampton East
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byBal Gosal
Personal details
Born (1985-09-11) September 11, 1985 (age 33)
Calgary, Alberta
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (2015-2018)
Spouse(s)Shikha Kasal[1]
ResidenceBrampton, Ontario
Alma materWilfrid Laurier University
York University
Osgoode Hall Law School
ProfessionAttorney

Rajvinder Grewal (born September 11, 1985) is a Canadian politician who was elected to represent the riding of Brampton East in the House of Commons of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2015.[2][3] Elected as a Liberal, he resigned from caucus in 2018 after a police investigation into his extensive gambling debts.

Before politics[edit]

The son of an airport cab driver,[4] Grewal attended Wilfrid Laurier University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business, and then completed an MBA at York University's Schulich School of Business and a law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to his legal studies he worked as a financial analyst, while after becoming a lawyer he specialized in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance on Bay Street.[5]

Federal politics[edit]

Grewal's nomination to represent the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2015 election in Brampton East was attended by some controversy, as initial media reports indicated that a brawl took place at the nominating convention when several hundred members were denied the ability to vote. Police attended the scene in a crowd control capacity.[6] Liberal Party officials subsequently denied that there had been any fighting at the scene.[7]

In early 2018, the New Democratic Party asked the Ethics Commissioner to investigate whether Grewal violated the conflict-of-interest code over the event on Mr. Trudeau’s India trip.[8]

According to his most recent disclosure to the Ethics Commissioner, Grewal had lines of credit with Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia, as well as the joint mortgage with HSBC Canada. In addition, Mr. Grewal disclosed that he had received employment income from ZGemi Inc. and a law firm called Gahir & Associates during his time in the House. Parliamentary rules do not require MPs to reveal the amounts they were paid, and there is no threshold for disclosure. Backbenchers are subject to fewer rules than ministers in terms of disclosure.[9]

Investigation and resignation[edit]

Grewal reportedly gambled millions of dollars between 2015 and 2018, including at the Casino du Lac-Leamy.[10] The casino's disclosure to FINTRAC then lead to an RCMP investigation.[10]

Grewal had been a member of the influential finance committee of the House of Commons, as well as the health committee.[10][11] Grewal announced on November 22, 2018 that he intended to resign as MP and was leaving federal politics for personal and medical reasons.[12] A statement released the next day by a spokesperson for the Prime Minister's Office clarified that Grewal was resigning to seek treatment for problem gambling which had "led him to incur significant personal debts."[13]

In a statement on November 26, 2018 the Office of the Ethics Commissioner said its investigation "will continue as soon as possible in spite of [Grewal’s] resignation." The office did not explain why the investigation would have been suspended. In its official comment the week before, the Prime Minister’s Office said it was 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.” The RCMP’s national division would not confirm or deny that it is investigating Grewal.[14]

On November 30, 2018, Grewal announced that he was quitting the Liberal caucus but would keep his seat in the House of Commons "for the time being".[15]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Brampton East
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Raj Grewal 23,652 52.3 +21.6
Conservative Naval Bajaj 10,642 23.5 -6.0
New Democratic Harbaljit Singh Kahlon 10,400 23.0 -14.7
Green Kyle Lacroix 512 1.1 -0.1
Total valid votes/Expense limit 45,206 100.0     $200,009.55
Total rejected ballots 304
Turnout 45,510
Eligible voters 67,721
Source: Elections Canada[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rcmp-probed-former-liberal-mp-raj-grewals-gambling-for-months/
  2. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/federal-ridings-toronto-gta/2015/10/20/liberals-win-in-brampton-east.html
  3. ^ "19 Indian-Canadians elected to Canadian parliament". The Economic Times. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ Delacourt, Susan (February 25, 2018). "Brampton MP caught political bug on basketball court: Delacourt". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Meet Raj Grewal, Liberal.ca.
  6. ^ Ethan Lou, Brawl mars Brampton Liberal nomination, The Toronto Star, September 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Roger Belgrave, Liberal party says no fists thrown in Brampton East nomination battle, The Brampton Guardian, September 23, 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rcmp-probed-former-liberal-mp-raj-grewals-gambling-for-months/
  9. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rcmp-probed-former-liberal-mp-raj-grewals-gambling-for-months/
  10. ^ a b c Leblanc, Daniel; Hannay, Chris (November 28, 2018). "Raj Grewal queried federal agencies on ability to probe money laundering". The Globe and Mail.
  11. ^ Leblanc, Daniel (27 November 2018). "RCMP probed former Liberal MP Raj Grewal's gambling for months". Globe and Mail. Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Liberal MP Raj Grewal quitting politics, citing 'personal and medical reasons'". CBC News. November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Ballingall, Alex; MacCharles, Tonda (November 23, 2018). "PMO says Brampton MP Raj Grewal resigned after admitting to gambling problem and 'significant personal debts'". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rcmp-probed-former-liberal-mp-raj-grewals-gambling-for-months/
  15. ^ "MP Raj Grewal remaining MP for now, addresses allegations of ethical breaches". CBC News. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Brampton East, 30 September 2015
  17. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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