West Nova MP Greg Kerr
West Nova's member of Parliament has been off of work for medical reasons.
Greg Kerr’s office sent out a release Jan. 25 to explain a “minor stroke” the MP suffered has led to the cancellation of a number of recent appearances.
“I feel fine and the only damage seems to be my vision which has been reduced, hopefully a temporary problem,” Kerr said in the note to constituents. He added he is focusing on rehabilitation and “his public availability will be limited.”
“My staff will be working hard to see that service is not disrupted and (regional executive assistant) Arnold LeBlanc will be meeting with me regularly so that I am fully briefed on all the issues,” the Conservative MP added.
Rico Vipari, Kerr’s executive assistant in Ottawa, said Kerr suffered the stroke the week of Jan. 14 and is now at home recovering.
Kerr’s return to Ottawa and public duties is “still to be determined as he works through rehabilitation,” Vipari said in an interview.
“It’s business as usual,” in the meantime, Vipari added. “Anyone can contact any of us and we will continue to representing any concerns anyone has to federal departments.”
Kerr, who is 65, has represented the riding since 2008. He was a provincial MLA from 1978 to 1993 and served in cabinet for 13 years, including eight as minister of finance.