Raj Grewal resigned over addiction issue

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Mighty Middle
Raj Grewal resigned over addiction issue

He recently resigned as the MP for Brampton East citing medical and personal issues he needs to deal with.

Now PMO has confirmed to the Toronto Star that Raj Grewal due to his struggles over an addiction issue

The most important thing is that when people of high profile COME OUT as an addict, it removes the stigma and encourage more people to stop living in denial and face their addiction.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2018/11/23/jagmeet-singh-still-...

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Mighty Middle wrote:

He recently resigned as the MP for Brampton East citing medical and personal issues he needs to deal with.

Now PMO has confirmed to the Toronto Star that Raj Grewal due to his struggles over an addiction issue

The most important thing is that when people of high profile COME OUT as an addict, it removes the stigma and encourage more people to stop living in denial and face their addiction.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2018/11/23/jagmeet-singh-still-...

Yes, absolutely.

Politics is rough though as many people will take this right to a political filter depending on which party they support. However, it is important to see that people with full functional lives are derailed by additictions. It raises the profile of the risk and what is at stake to respond. It humanizes the problem and in many cases can offer some hope.

Another problem though is that some people can afford the addiction treatment and others cannot -- this person likely has way more supports than most. But still it is helpful for the public to see others address this and succeed.

Another point -- stress is a significant factor in a person having an addiction problem. Sadly, economics is a serious stress for many people. It is also true that politics is as well -- it is a difficult public job with heavy, often cruel, criticism.

I hope that this man is able to recover and that his family are not too badly hurt as often that is the case as well.

jerrym

There may be more than gambling involved in Raj Grewal's resignation. Charlie Angus asked the Ethics Commissioner to look into Grewal's behaviour. 

The federal government source, who was granted anonymity to discuss confidential information related to the matter, said the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and the RCMP have been looking into Mr. Grewal’s gambling activities, including his regular forays at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau.

One of the questions of interest for the RCMP is the provenance of the money used as part of Mr. Grewal’s gambling activities, the official said.

Earlier this year, the NDP asked the Ethics Commissioner to investigate whether Mr. Grewal violated the conflict-of-interest code for bringing a business associate with him as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delegation to India. The commissioner’s findings in this case have yet to be published. ...

In addition, Ms. Gagnon, PMO spokeswoman, said the PMO was aware that the RCMP had been looking into the matter that was the subject of the complaint to the Ethics Commissioner about Mr. Grewal earlier this year.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ex-liberal-mp-raj-grewa...

The PMO also made an unexplained reference to the police, saying that they are not aware of any Peel Regional Police investigation related to Grewal's gambling.

Both the RCMP and the Peel Regional Police refused to confirm or deny that they are investigating Raj Grewal. 

WWWTT

Apparently Grewal was gaining income from a law firm and a construction company and may be under police Justin may be somehow involved?

There may be some potential that actually may come to Justin?

WWWTT

Wanted to point something out about the gambling

True it's an addiction issue. But Gambling is allowed and regulated by the government!

I'm personally not into gambling. To me it appears to be somewhat of a useless thing (actually it totally is)

Now if you take something like marihuana, there are health benefits to it, and then there's the recreational use.

But gambling? Where's the health benefit from gambling?

Everyone so far in this thread is sympathetic to the victims, and rightfully so. But what about the ones that allow it in the first place, the governmant?

Mighty Middle

WWWTT wrote:

Everyone so far in this thread is sympathetic to the victims, and rightfully so. But what about the ones that allow it in the first place, the government?

You could make the same argument about alcohol, weed. food and sex. (weed and alcohol being government controlled and they make money off of it through taxes)

Mighty Middle

Ex-Liberal MP Raj Grewal’s gambling problems caught attention of Fintrac and RCMP

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal’s gambling activities at a casino across the river from Parliament Hill attracted the attention of law-enforcement authorities, including the federal agency that tracks large financial transactions, before he abruptly resigned from his seat of Brampton East, a federal government source said.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on Friday that Mr. Grewal was resigning from the Liberal caucus and his seat in the House of Commons over a gambling addiction and significant debts. In addition, the PMO said it was aware that the RCMP had made “inquiries” in relation to Mr. Grewal.

The federal government source, who was granted anonymity to discuss confidential information related to the matter, said the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and the RCMP have been looking into Mr. Grewal’s gambling activities, including his regular forays at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau.

One of the questions of interest for the RCMP is the provenance of the money used as part of Mr. Grewal’s gambling activities, the official said.

Earlier this year, the NDP asked the Ethics Commissioner to investigate whether Mr. Grewal violated the conflict-of-interest code for bringing a business associate with him as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delegation to India. The commissioner’s findings in this case have yet to be published.

Mr. Grewal announced his resignation on Thursday in a Facebook post, referring to “personal and medical reasons” to explain his move.

“This has been a decision I’ve struggled with for some time now and one I made with great difficulty and real sadness. But I feel I need this time to focus on my health and family,” he said.

Later in the day, Mr. Trudeau hinted that the reasons behind the departure were more complex, stating that Mr. Grewal was “facing serious personal challenges.”

On Friday, the PMO provided further information about the case, based on the information that was volunteered by Mr. Grewal.

“Earlier this week, Mr. Grewal told us 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,” PMO spokeswoman Chantal Gagnon said in a statement. “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."

In addition, Ms. Gagnon said the PMO was aware that the RCMP had been looking into the matter that was the subject of the complaint to the Ethics Commissioner about Mr. Grewal earlier this year.

Mr. Grewal did not respond to a request for comment on his personal e-mail. The RCMP refused to comment and would not confirm or deny that it is investigating Mr. Grewal.

In an interview, NDP MP Charlie Angus said he wants the Ethics Commissioner’s findings to be made public regardless of Mr. Grewal’s resignation.

“We do need to know if a report will be issued to obtain closure on this issue,” Mr. Angus said. “As a member of Parliament, what is done on your beat, the record needs to be clear whether or not there was inappropriate behaviour.”

The Conservative Party said it did not have any comments to make on Mr. Grewal’s resignation.

Mr. Grewal is a 33-year-old lawyer who also holds an MBA. He was first elected to the House in the 2015 general election. His resignation will create a fifth vacancy in the House of Commons.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ex-liberal-mp-raj-grewa...

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But what about the ones that allow it in the first place, the government?

If the government banned everything that a person could become addicted to, we'd have very little left.  I think the idea with gambling (and alcohol, tobacco, coffee and all the other addictive vices) is that the majority of people can enjoy them in moderation.

Gambling would be the most difficult to ban outright, because all you really need for gambling is some sort of unpredictable outcome.  You can literally bet on which seagull will fly away first, if you want to.

WWWTT

Oh I get all of that. But to me it seams that it is in fact the government that’s addicted to gambling!

And it is the government that is responsible for addicting people. 

I’m going to take the position that the government (provincial) could have prevented people’s addiction to state run gambling. 

Also at this point I will throw it out there that if gambling wasn’t so widespread (horse racing slots casinos in general and lottery) then gambling addiction wouldn’t be as devestating.