CORNWALL – A local politician’s life and his struggle with an alcohol addiction is now in print.
Guy Lauzon unveiled his autobiography during a book launch yesterday at the Community Addiction and Mental Health Center on McConnell Avenue.
The book details the personal life of the man born and raised in St. Andrews West – from his alcohol addiction to becoming a Member of Parliament.
It’s called From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker – a title Lauzon hoped would “pique people’s interests.
Lauzon says he wrote the book on the urging of family, given his journey from “humble beginnings” to becoming a politician in Ottawa, and he also hoped it would help others dealing with the addiction.
“I have come to believe that when a person is an alcoholic such as I am, there are only three possible outcomes: sobriety, being permanently institutionalized or death. And I have been blessed with sobriety,” Lauzon said, holding back tears.
His presentation also touched on his faith, saying “you’re looking at a modern day miracle” on overcoming alcoholism.
Any proceeds from the book will be going to the center.
Lauzon was elected to the House of Commons in 2004.