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OTTAWA—A lawyer speaking for Raj Grewal says the Brampton East MP wants to clarify it was “only” his family that helped pay back money he borrowed to fuel his gambling problem.

The lawyer’s statement comes in the wake of questions prompted by Grewal’s 11-minute video statement last Friday, in which the 33-year-old politician describes how his “mental health issue with gambling” drove him into millions of dollars in debt and prompted him to borrow money “solely” from family and friends.

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.

Joel Etienne, a lawyer responding to questions the Star sent to Grewal’s personal parliamentary email account, responded that the MP wanted to clarify the record.

He said this money was repaid before Grewal met with the Prime Minister’s Office on Nov. 19 to disclose his gambling problem. Grewal said in his video statement that he first came to his family about his “mental health issue” with gambling on Nov. 5.

“This is now a private personal family matter,” Etienne said.

Reached for comment Wednesday, Cullen said Grewal’s clarification doesn’t dispel all his questions. He said his concern 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.

“If the argument is the money was secured by the parents or a sibling, because of the quantity of the money we’re talking about, the same concerns remain,” he said.

“I can’t imagine that would be enough to avoid the same red flags.”

Last week, Cullen and NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus asked Parliament’s ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, to launch a new investigation into Grewal’s conduct as an MP. During question period Thursday, Angus said Dion confirmed he is willing to look into whether Grewal misused his position on the House of Commons finance committee when he asked officials how they investigate cases of money laundering.

While Grewal’s questions at the committee were the subject of their request for an investigation, both MPs have also pointed to a section in the ethics code for MPs that calls on members to “avoid real or apparent conflicts of interest” and to “not accept any gift or benefit connected with their position that might reasonably be seen to compromise their personal judgment or integrity.”

Dion’s spokesperson Jocelyne Brisebois declined to confirm whether the commissioner will launch a new investigation because she “cannot discuss specific cases.”

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Grewal, a former Bay St. lawyer, was first elected as a Liberal MP in 2015. He came to national prominence last spring, when he invited the head of a Brampton construction company that paid him for legal work to events with high-ranking officials during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s controversial visit to India. Dion is already investigating whether Grewal breached Parliament’s conflict of interest and ethics code by inviting the executive to events during the trip.

Months later, on Nov. 22, Grewal unexpectedly announced he would step down as Brampton East MP for “personal and medical reasons.” The PMO revealed the next day that Grewal told the office he had a gambling problem that drove him into significant debt. The office also said the RCMP made inquiries about ethics investigation into Grewal’s conduct during the India trip.

In the following days, the Globe and Mail reported Grewal’s gambling transactions were picked up by Fintrac, the agency responsible for tracking potential money laundering, and that the MPs activity was flagged to the RCMP. The Canadian Press also reported that Ontario Provincial Police heard talk of Grewal’s gambling debts on wire taps during a broader investigation into suspected money laundering.

Neither police force will confirm the reports or say whether it is investigating Grewal.

Trudeau, however, has said the RCMP is trying to answer “a lot of questions” about Grewal in order to get a complete understanding of the situation.

Late Friday night, Grewal broke his silence amidst the revelations by releasing a detailed video statement in which he said he would reconsider his initial decision to resign as an MP, but that he would leave the Liberal caucus while he seeks treatment for his gambling problem.

Alex Ballingall is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @aballinga



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

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The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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