MP Seamus O’Regan seeking to adopt ‘alcohol-free lifestyle’


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.

The Newfoundland and Labrador politician said after consulting with his family, he decided he’d be “most effective as a Member of Parliament by adopting an alcohol free lifestyle.”

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.

O’Regan’s husband expressed his support shortly after the announcement was made online.

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

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.

03/01/2016 18:19  By: TORONTO STAR