Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal is at the centre of another political storm. CBC News has learned that he is being investigated by the RCMP over irregularities in his 2004 election expenses.The article goes on to allege that campaign contributions made to Mr. Grewal were not directed to the Conservative Party or to his campaign.
If the allegations are true, then Mr. Grewal needs to be out of caucus.
Now, I'm not letting Mr. Dosanjh off the hook - but, Mr. Grewal is just becoming too much of a nightmare. I cringe every time I see his name in the news.
Mr. Grewal should step aside, until the allegations can be sorted out. If he's vindicated, so much the better - but right now, it doesn't look good.
Updated (July 12, 2005 - 8:33): I just noticed that Bound by Gravity also wrote on this same article, and I think I'm inclined to agree with Andrew:
Continuing to support Grewal by allowing him to retain his status as a Conservative MP cannot continue - he is sliming the party with his presence.I think the Conservative Party and Mr. Grewal must be separated while they sort this mess out. Mr. Harper should stop supporting MPs that don't stay on message or even appear not to stay on message.
Updated (July 12, 2005 - 10:23): I was called to task, and I think it's fair to point out that these campaign fund things can go wrong and likely do for a lot of politicians - wrong accounts, no receipts, etc. Mr. Grewal is under far more scrutiny and public attention then other politicians. That's true.
As mentioned in the comments section, unfortunately in politics, the delivery of the message is sometimes as important as the message itself, and if we appear to be off message, it doesn't bode good.