Ontario cabinet minister Michael Gravelle announces return to cabinet after depression

Michael Gravelle, Ontario's minister of northern development and mines and Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael says he's made progress in his battle against depression and is returning to cabinet, while also planning to run for re-election.

The Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP is also planning to run in next provincial election

Michael Gravelle, Ontario's minister of northern development and mines and the MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North announced on Monday that after a five-month medical leave to deal with depression he is returning to cabinet and plans to run in the next election. (Cathy Alex/CBC )
Another step on the journey ... Ontario's Minister of Northern Development and Mines says he's coming back to work after a five-month medical leave to treat depression. 6:26

Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle has announced his return to cabinet after a five-month leave of absence due to depression. 

Though he is not yet fully recovered, he is ready to start transitioning back to work as the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, he announced Monday.  

"I'm pleased to say that, while I have been away, I have made great progress in understanding this illness and how to cope with and treat it," he said. "But, like many with depression, I am continuing the hard work it takes to feel better. I'll be the first to admit I'm not there yet."

Nonetheless, Gravelle said, he now has the strength to transition back to doing the work he loves. 

"I can't begin to explain how much the support of my family, friends, constituents and colleagues has meant to me over the past five months. You are part of the reason I now have the strength to get back to work," he said.

"Thank you for your time, patience and understanding. I wouldn't be here without you."