Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan checks into wellness program

The MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl checks into program to seek ‘an alcohol free lifestyle’


 
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Seamus O'Regan, flanked by supporters, makes his acceptance speech at the Delta Hotel in downton St. John's following his win in the district of St. John's South on October 19, 2015. (Paul Daly/CP)

Seamus O’Regan, flanked by supporters, makes his acceptance speech at the Delta Hotel in downton St. John’s following his win in the district of St. John’s South on October 19, 2015. (Paul Daly/CP)

OTTAWA – Newly elected Liberal MP and former broadcast journalist Seamus O’Regan says he has entered a wellness program to adopt “an alcohol free lifestyle.”

O’Regan, who hosted CTV’s Canada AM for nearly a decade, announced from his Twitter account on Sunday that he had checked into the program over the holiday break.

“I’ve decided after consultation with family that I can be most effective as a Member of Parliament by adopting an alcohol free lifestyle,” O’Regan tweeted. “To that end, over the holiday break, I have entered a wellness program.”

O’Regan added that he will return to his duties as a MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl before Parliament resumes later this month.

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.

“So proud of my husband,” Steve Doussis said on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not comment on the matter on Sunday.

But many others expressed their encouragement for O’Regan on social media.

“VERY proud of my good friend @SeamusORegan for getting the help he needs,” tweeted Olympian and mental health advocate Clara Hughes. “I look forward to welcoming him back after treatment.”

“Hugs and strength to you,” added O’Regan’s former Canada AM co-host Beverly Thomson.

O’Regan, originally from St. John’s, was elected in October as part of the Liberals’ sweep of the Atlantic provinces.

Prior to his career in journalism, he was a senior policy adviser to then Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin.

O’Regan was also an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, a campaign aimed at removing the stigma of mental illness.

He has also served as executive vice-president for communications at the Stronach Group, a racetrack operator, and a media innovator in residence at Toronto’s Ryerson University.


 

Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan checks into wellness program

  1. —-O’Regan was also an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, a campaign aimed at removing the stigma of mental illness.

    Actually, Bell Let’s Talk campaign actually places that prejudice in minds. As it placed it in print in your paper, it places it in minds.

  2. What utter hypocrisy! Wellness clinic? You mean, rehab after a holiday family intervention. People with mental health issues in this country are only treated with kindness and respect for privacy if they happen to be liberals. If they are conservatives, every word the utter, ever slur of their speech, every stumble, every nonsensical act is front page news. O’Regan himself made fun on Rob Ford many times on Twitter thinking he was ever so clever.

    Not once did the media show up on O’Regan’s front lawn, or go out of their way to catch him not behaving so well in public.

    We, the Canadian media took Rob Ford with obvious mental health issues and terrible addiction problems and used it for daily public fodder and even fed his personal life to foreign media outlets. We laughed daily at this very sick man. ha ha

    Our Prime Minister has said he fully supports O’Regan in his recovery. Yet, just a few months ago he publicly said that Harper should be ashamed to be on a stage with Rob Ford and that Ford had no right to be there. No right? Even after rehab and now dying of Cancer? No rights?

    Now, we are supposed to be proud of O’Regan and respect his right to privacy (as obviously the media turned a blind eye all along).

    The political landscape in this country today is very, very sick. The whole country needs to enter rehab, er, ‘wellness clinic’. ~Leasa

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