But NDP con­cerned the MP was still ex­posed to po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence from his cred­i­tors

StarMetro Halifax - - BIG OPINIONS - Alex Ballingall OT­TAWA BU­REAU

For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush touches the cas­ket of his fa­ther, Ge­orge H.W. Bush, at the 41st pres­i­dent’s state fu­neral in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Bush Sr. served in the Sec­ond World War and was the last pres­i­dent to fight in wartime. OT­TAWA—A lawyer speak­ing for Raj Gre­wal says the Bramp­ton,ont., East MP wants to clar­ify it was “only” his fam­ily that helped pay back money he bor­rowed to fuel his gam­bling prob­lem.

He said these loans are com­pletely trace­able and that “every­body has been paid back.” That raised ques­tions from NDP MP Nathan Cullen about how Gre­wal man­aged to re­pay the money he bor­rowed if he was al­ready mil­lions in debt.

Cullen said Gre­wal’s clar­i­fi­ca­tion doesn’t dis­pel all his ques­tions. He said his con­cern WWW.THES­TAR.COM THES­TAR.COM/WORLD Bramp­ton East MP Raj Gre­wal is un­der in­tense scru­tiny re­lated to gam­bling.

cen­tres on whether Gre­wal, in tak­ing loans to fuel his gam­bling, ex­posed him­self as an elected MP to the po­ten­tial in­flu­ence of his cred­i­tors — some­thing akin to an MP tak­ing out­sized cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions from cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.

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