I’m having Kathleen type this note for me as I want to let the residents of Charlottetown know why I will not be present for tonight’s vote. I have been battling severe sight loss in one eye for the last six to eight months. It is very difficult not having full sight as it impedes me from reading speeches in the House of Commons, and there is also the lack of knowing who is heckling me from the other side. Additionally for my MP duties and committee work, I have hundreds of papers to read each week and I need to have healthy eyes to keep on top of things so I can fully represent constituents concerns.
I have had this surgery booked for some time and felt that if I were to put it off, the impact on my job would be more significant than missing tonight’s vote. I consulted with my fellow party members and know they will do their best to voice the concerns that have been raised by residents of Charlottetown.
I thank you all for your well wishes. The surgery went well and I am focusing on a quick recovery.