Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal not running in federal election

Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal, who took a leave last year to deal with what he called a compulsive gambling problem, will not run in the upcoming federal election, CBC News has learned.

The Brampton East MP, who now sits as an independent, says he is returning to his private legal practice in Brampton after the election.

Grewal told CBC News he is serving out the current term because that’s what he promised his constituents. He added that he is grateful for the support voters have shown him.

Grewal took a leave last November to deal with his gambling problem, which he has said caused him to rack up millions in debt.

In a Facebook post from earlier this year, Grewal said the period around this revelation had been a challenging time, but also a time of immense personal growth.

Grewal said he has since paid back his debts and that every loan he took from family and friends is transparent and traceable.