Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Grewal's stress leave rumoured to end soon?

The Globe and Mail has a story about last night's budget bills (here) which includes this little note:
In advance of last night's vote, the Liberals quietly muttered they did not have the numbers to win. Their fears were compounded by rumours that Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal, who has been on stress leave, would turn upafter officials in his riding said he was prepared to return to work.

But in the end, the government had no cause to worry. Mr. Grewal was absent for the vote as were five other Tory MPs. So, even with independent MPs Pat O'Brien and David Kilgour voting against them, the Liberals sent the bill to final reading by a margin of 152 to 147.
This would seem to suggest that Grewal will be returning to Parliament soon.