The Hush Post| 9:55 am |one-minute-read
Ludhiana-origin Liberal MP from Canada Rajvinder Grewal (aka Raj), who quit as MP from Brampton East, it has come to light, was struggling with severe gambling addiction.
In a Facebook post to his constituency on Saturday, the 33-year-old Liberal, who originally comes from Sarabha village in Ludhiana said: “As many Canadians that suffer from addiction issues, I recognise that I have a problem. My focus is now entirely on my mental health and spending time with my family as I recover.”
“To my family, friends, and supporters, I am sorry to have disappointed you. You have all poured so much time, energy and love into me. To my constituents and colleagues, you put your faith in me to serve. I enjoy my job, every minute of it. But recently, I knew I could no longer serve my constituents to the best of my ability. It is for that reason, I decided to take some time to look after my health,” he wrote, requesting privacy.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office also stated that Grewal was resigning to seek treatment for the problem of gambling which had “led him to incur significant personal debts”.
Trudeau in support of Grewal tweeted, “Yesterday (on Thursday), I learned that Raj Grewal is facing serious personal challenges, and today he announced he is stepping down as Member of Parliament for Brampton East. While it may have been a difficult decision, it was the right one. I hope he receives the support he needs.”
The move comes as a setback for the Punjabi diaspora in Ontario. It is a setback for Trudeau’s team as well. Grewal had been re-nominated by the Liberal Party as its candidate for the 2019 federal elections. However, now there will have to be fresh nominations.