SYDNEY — Cape Breton MLA Alfie MacLeod is recovering in hospital following surgery to remove his left foot.
The 58-year-old Progressive Conservative MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg underwent the procedure over the weekend after being hospitalized with a serious infection.
“I am committed to a full recovery and resuming my MLA duties as soon as possible,” said MacLeod in a media release. “I look forward to seeing you all soon.”
“I want to thank my constituents for their patience during this time. Everyone’s kind words of support and encouragement have been very uplifting,” he said.
Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie travelled to Sydney to provide encouragement and support to MacLeod who continues to receive treatment at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
“Alfie is doing remarkably well considering what he has been through,” said Baillie. “He’s in good spirits, he looks good and his appetite is starting to return, so I take those as encouraging signs.”
Baillie said that during his visit on Monday MacLeod was taking calls on his cellphone and doing work from his hospital bed.
Baillie said he is hopeful MacLeod will be able attend the expected fall sitting of the legislature.
MacLeod is the second Cape Breton MLA to have serious health issues this year.
In April, Sydney-Whitney Pier NDP MLA and former Speaker of the House Gordie Gosse announced he had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Gosse said he hopes to be back at province house for the fall session.