Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

June 10, 2009 14:23 ET

Statement by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P. Minister of Natural Resources

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) -

Today I want to personally communicate my deep regret for wording I used in a private discussion earlier this year which was inadvertently recorded.

As someone who has had their personal life deeply affected by cancer, my intent was certainly not to show any disrespect for cancer victims, survivors or their families. However, it's clear that these remarks have been interpreted in that way, so I want to offer a clear apology to anyone who has been offended by what I have said.

I want these people to know that when I was eleven I watched my father pass away from colon cancer over a period of 18 months. My mother and I took care of him until his final days. Twenty years later I was in the room as my brother died from lung cancer after suffering for 16 months.

This is a very personal issue for me, and one I do not take lightly.

With respect to the medical isotopes issue, I will continue to work with Minister Aglukkaq and the international community to address the isotope shortage in Canada and around the world.

Thank you.

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