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Former Liberal Raj Grewal says he's staying on as MP, says he has grown

Liberal MP Raj Grewal rises in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Friday, June 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he’s staying on as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.

Last November, Grewal announced he was taking a leave to deal with what he called a compulsive gambling problem that caused him to rack up millions of dollars in debt.

At the time he promised to make a final decision on his political future before Parliament resumed in 2019.

In a Facebook post Friday evening, Grewal says the last two months has been a challenging time, but also a period of immense personal growth.

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

He now sits as an Independent MP.

“Over the past two months, I have taken some time away to focus on my health and receive appropriate treatment,” Grewal wrote on Facebook.

“Throughout this time, I also received countless calls and messages from constituents offering their support and encouraging me to continue to serve. It is for these reasons that I have decided to remain as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.”

The Canadian Press