Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lending his support to Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan after the rookie politician said he had entered a wellness program to adopt "an alcohol-free lifestyle."
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Trudeau issued a statement on Twitter later Sunday saying, "My thoughts are with my friend and colleague @SeamusORegan tonight, and he has my full support."
My thoughts are with my friend & colleague @SeamusORegan tonight, and he has my full support.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 4, 2016
O'Regan, who hosted CTV's Canada AM for nearly a decade, announced from his Twitter account that he had checked into the program over the holiday break.
O'Regan says he made the decision after consulting with family and plans to return to his duties as an MP for St. John's South–Mount Pearl before Parliament resumes later this month.
I've decided after consultation with family that I can be most effective as a Member of Parliament by adopting an alcohol free lifestyle 1/4— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 3, 2016
He also noted that he'd have more to say on the matter in the future, but asked for privacy until then.
O'Regan's husband expressed his support shortly after the announcement was made online.