"I admire him greatly for stepping forward and identifying his problem, and being willing to embrace treatment starting right away," Leslie said in an interview. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that the decision to resign and leave caucus was Tootoo’s and Tootoo’s alone."We will have nothing further to say on this matter." The prime minister's remarks, however, did not stop widespread speculation about what prompted Tuesday's surprise announcement.Sources familiar with Tootoo's career as a member of the territorial legislature in Nunavut say he has a history of alcohol problems.Police in Winnipeg, where Tootoo attended the annual Liberal policy convention on the weekend, went so far Wednesday as to publicly deny that they were ever involved in any sort of incident involving the member of Parliament.
The issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is one of great concern for the RCMP.Tootoo's decision to seek help was widely applauded Wednesday by both colleagues and indigenous leaders, including Perry Bellegarde, the national chief for the Assembly of First Nations.Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, the government's whip, said he has the "utmost respect" for Tootoo."A year and some later, I'm still going strong," she said. can say that alcohol is not the answer in anybody's life ... Alcohol is no answer to anybody." In his statement Tuesday, the MP said he would resign both from his post as fisheries minister and from the Liberal caucus to avoid becoming a distraction from "the important work" of his colleagues."I have decided to seek treatment for addiction issues and ask for privacy at this time," said Tootoo, 52.