Romeo Saganash

MP, Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou

Statement by MP Romeo Saganash

October 22nd, 2012 - 9:21pm

Both as a Member of Parliament and a member of the New Democrat caucus, it is my duty to follow a code of conduct in keeping with my role as a Member of Parliament and the confidence that my constituents placed in me when they elected me.

Last Friday, my behaviour caused an unfortunate incident that delayed an Air Canada flight between Montreal and Val-d’Or. I want to apologize to the other passengers and staff for what happened and for any inconvenience I caused them. I would also like to offer my sincere apologies to Air Canada and the Aéroports de Montréal.

Neither fatigue nor stress can justify what I did. I need help to overcome a medical problem, a dependence on alcohol, like far too many other Canadians.

I am not looking at excuses, but I know that profound scars were left on me because of my time in residential school. I never shied away from that. The death of my friend and mentor, Jack Layton, also greatly affected me. Like him, I needed a crutch. The leadership race wore me out, on top of taking me away from my children and my loved ones even more often.

Life on Parliament Hill can be hectic and exciting, but it is also full of obstacles and pitfalls. Many of my colleagues can attest to this.

I have asked my leader to give me leave so that I can take the necessary time to treat this illness. I am deeply grateful for his support and the support of all my colleagues in this difficult period of my life.

I would like to thank the citizens of Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou for their constant support in this difficult period of my life and ask for their understanding. I can assure them that my office will continue to serve them and that my New Democrat colleagues will be available to help while I’m on sick leave.

My priority is to serve my constituents to the best of my abilities and it’s with deep humility that I say thank you and see you soon.

Contact

  • Constituency Offices

    888 3rd Avenue, Suite 204 (Main Office)
    Val-d'Or, Québec
    J9P 5E6
    Telephone: 819-824-2942
    Fax: 819-824-2958

    333 3rd Street, Suite 10
    Chibougamau, Québec
    G8P 1N4
    Telephone: 418-748-7870

    Hill Office

    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0A6

    Telephone: 613-992-3030
    Fax: 613-996-0828

    E-mail: Romeo.Saganash@parl.gc.ca