Rage Greval, a liberal lawmaker whose high-risk gamblers in the Ottawa casinos have triggered a police investigation, have interrupted their week-long silence on Friday night, saying he has accumulated millions of dollars in debt, all of which have been returned and can be traced.
In an 11-minute video statement, Mr Grewal said he began playing a blackjack card for 2016 at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Quebec, which is linked to the hotel where he lived in Ottawa.
This habit has caused him to lend millions "only from friends and families to keep warming gambling," said Mr Gerval, who last week said he would resign as an envoy to drive to eastern Brampton. In his statement, he said he would make that decision by January.
He said that every loan is in the form of a check and that the debts are returned. He apologized to his family, saying that they "obeyed." [him] out. "
"This has nothing to do with anything malicious except to feed my addiction," said 33-year-old lawyer Grival.
On November 22, Mr Grewal announced on Facebook that he resigned as an MP for "personal and medical reasons." The next day, Globe and Post reported that his gambling – and large sums of money – had been triggered by warning signs with the Financial Transactions and Reports Canada (FINTRAC), a regulator following large transactions. Sources reported on the Red Globe investigation, which focused on finding the money involved in overseeing Mr Gerval. The sources have a direct knowledge of the investigation and received anonymity to discuss confidential information.
On Friday, Mr Grewal said: "every loan and repayment is transparent and rediscovered … My sins are not based on corruption and dishonesty. They are driven by human weakness."
He also called for the posting of his resignation through Facebook "inappropriate counseling." He said he would wait until January to make a lasting decision and seek help for his gambling problem.
Mr Grewal was a member of the Finance Committee of the House of Commons until September 19th. In that role, he helped revise the Law on the Acquisition of Funds and Financing Terrorism and questioned the police representatives on the Canada Compliance System.
At a meeting on June 20, he asked Anantha Ryan of Finance Canada: "Is there a scenario in which a financial institution will provide what they think is a dubious transaction for FINTRAC, FINTRAC will begin an investigation, but the owner of an individual account will never know this is happening? "
In his statement, Mr Grewal said his questions were based on input from the Library of Parliament and his staff. "To conclude that my motivations were not ethical or that I used a chance to figure out whether Fintrac is aware of my gambling is to expand the reality and to understand the situation completely outside the context," he said.
On November 27, Globe published a story based on a public property record that says Mr Graal and his wife owned two flats in Toronto, which they bought in January for $ 1.3 million. On Friday, he said they own only one unit, which they bought for $ 1.4 million. They had a $ 1 million mortgage, he said, not the $ 1.5 million character in public records.
Mr. Gerval did not answer questions about his statement sent through a spokesman for the family.