MLA recovering from heart attack

Parksville-Qualicum Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon is recovering well from heart surgery.

Parksville-Qualicum Liberal MLA Ron Cantelon is recovering well from heart surgery.

Cantelon suffered a serious heart attack while attending the legislature in late October and was rushed to Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, where he underwent surgery.

Contacted earlier this week, Cantelon’s constituency assistant Caroline Waters said she talked to Cantelon last weekend and found him in good spirits.

“He’s a trooper,” she said. “He’s out and about and walking his dog, changing his health patterns and changing his lifestyle.”

Waters said the actual date of Cantelon’s return to work remains up to his physician, but added she expects him to be back at his seat when the legislature begins sitting in January.

“He’s just remarkable,” she said.

“I imagine a lot of that is because he doesn’t smoke or drink, so he has less far to come back. He tires out, but we keep him busy, but not stressed.”