Junior federal cabinet minister Steven Fletcher returned to work Monday after the Manitoba MP took a medical leave in January.

"Today, I am pleased to resume my full activities as Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia - Headingley," Fletcher said in a news release. Fletcher posted a news release announcing his leave in mid-January without giving particulars as to his medical treatment. He is a quadriplegic and the first permanently disabled person elected to the House of Commons.

Prior to becoming an MP he was paralyzed when the car he was driving hit a moose.

Transport Minister Denis Lebel took over his responsibilities in his absence.

During his absence Fletcher reportedly had a metal rod in his neck replaced. He says he has now recovered fully from the surgery.

"I wish to thank my constituents for their thoughts and prayers during my recovery. With the help of my medical team and family, I am pleased to report I have made a full and complete recovery," he said Monday.

"I would also like to express my gratitude for the support I received from the Prime Minister, the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, parliamentarians from all parties, and friends during this time. I look forward to continue to serve Canadians, especially the residents of Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia - Headingley."