"I need help to overcome a medical problem, a dependence on alcohol, like far too many other Canadians," Saganash said in a statement on Monday. "I have asked my leader to give me leave so I can take the necessary time to treat this illness."
Saganash's request comes after the Cree MP was booted off an Air Canada Jazz flight on Friday due to drunkenness. He says his "behaviour caused an unfortunate incident that delayed an Air Canada flight between Montreal and Val-d'Or."
"I want to apologize to the other passengers and staff for what happened and for any inconvenience I caused them," he said. "I would also like to offer my sincere apologies to Air Canada and the Aéroports de Montréal."
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