Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, 63, has ended months of speculation about his health after admitting that he is being treated for a rare skin condition.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Flaherty said that he has a condition called bullous pemphigoid, which must be treated with the steroid drug prednisone. That steroid has visible side effects, including puffy face and weight gain. It can also cause difficulty sleeping.
Flaherty told The Globe and Mail that he has been getting too many questions about his appearance lately and it was time to let citizens know what was going on and to reassure them that his health is not affecting his ability to do his job.
Flaherty said he has also spoken with Prime Minister Stephen Harper about his health issue.
“I would like those people who have been concerned about my health to be reassured that it is a skin problem that is getting better and will pass with some more time, and that my ability to do my job is not affected by this condition,” Mr. Flaherty told The Globe and Mail.