After a euphoric victory at the 2015 polls, Raj Singh Grewal’s temporary exit from politics must be a let down to the Liberal Party with illustrious Sikh ministers like Harjit Singh Sajjan and Navdeep Singh Bains.
Raj ranked among the five turbaned Sikhs among the 19 Indo-Canadians who won in the Canada general election 2015. His party went to form the government with Justin Trudeau as the prime minister.
On Thursday (22 Nov 2018), the lawyer turned politician announced in a statement that he was resigning due to “personal and medical reasons.”
“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,” the statement said.
“I am grateful for your unwavering support over the past three years. Brampton East is and will always be a special part of my life. I will continue to work for this community and am hopeful I will have the opportunity to serve you again.
In a report, Global News said that the Prime Minister’s Office had said that the former MP’s Raj abrupt resignation was because of a “gambling problem.”
In a statement released on Friday, officials said Grewal, who represented the Toronto-area riding of Brampton East, is currently receiving treatment.
“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,” the report quoted an email attributed to an unnamed PMO spokesperson.
In a Tweet on Thursday, Trudeau said: “Yesterday, 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.”
5 Sikh women, 5 turbaned Sikhs among 19 Indo-Canadians elected MPs (Asia Samachar, 21 Oct 2015)