OTTAWA—Brampton East MP Raj Grewal unexpectedly announced his resignation Thursday, citing undisclosed “personal and medical reasons.”
The rookie Liberal MP posted on Facebook that he told the chief government whip of his decision on Wednesday.
“To the people of Brampton East, serving as your MP has been the greatest privilege of my life,” he wrote.
“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 MP did not respond to requests for comment from the Star Thursday evening.
Grewal, 33, was first elected in 2015 as a wave of Liberal support washed over Toronto and much of the surrounding suburban cities. He served as a Liberal backbencher and sat on the House of Commons health committee.
Earlier this year, Grewal was involved in a controversy linked to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trade mission to India. Conservatives and New Democrats raised red flags when it was revealed that Grewal — a former Bay Street lawyer — invited a Brampton construction executive who paid him for legal advice to events with cabinet ministers and high-ranking government officials during the trip.
The developer, Zgemi Inc. chief executive Yusuf Yenilmez, was one of two parties that continued to pay Grewal after he was elected MP for Brampton East, according to his ethics disclosure. MPs who aren’t in cabinet are allowed to moonlight in other jobs, according to the conflict of interest code for parliamentarians.
In May, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion launched an investigation into Grewal’s India-trip invitation. Dion’s office has not released any conclusions from that investigation, and said in an email Thursday that it is barred by parliament’s ethics code from confirming any further information.
Alex Ballingall is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @aballinga