Ex-Liberal MP who resigned this week under treatment for gambling problem, prime minister's office says

The Ontario MP who abruptly resigned his seat this week is being treated for a gambling problem that caused him to rack up considerable personal debt, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed Friday.

Raj Grewal has also been looked at by the RCMP over an alleged conflict of interest being examined by the federal ethics commissioner, Trudeau press secretary Chantal Gagnon told the National Post.

The MP announced Thursday he was stepping down as MP for Brampton East riding, citing “personal and medical reasons.”

But it appears there is more to the story of his sudden departure.

“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,” 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.”

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