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Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal will face trial in October on breach of trust, fraud

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Peter Schiefke and Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel join Mercedes Stephenson to discuss the case of Liberal MP Raj Grewal and the costs for taxpayers with asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally – Dec 2, 2018

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal is slated for a trial later this year on charges of fraud and breach of trust related to his time in office.

Grewal is scheduled to go before an Ontario judge in an eight-week criminal trial starting Oct. 18.

The RCMP laid charges against Grewal in September, alleging the ex-MP for Brampton East took millions of dollars in personal loans without telling the federal ethics commissioner, and that he used his political position to solicit those loans.

They also say he used his government-funded constituency office budget for his own benefit.

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Grewal was a rookie MP when he left the Liberal caucus in 2018, amid the beginning of the police investigation, for what he said were personal and health reasons.

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The Prime Minister’s Office said at the time that he was seeking treatment for a gambling addiction, and Grewal later posted a video acknowledging he’d built up millions of dollars in debt but saying he had paid it all back.

Grewal did not run for re-election in 2019.

He is facing four counts of breach of trust and one count of fraud over $5,000.

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Senior Liberals: Grewal lied about gambling debts

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