Lauzon unveils autobiography

In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017 photo provided by Lauzon's office, the cover of his autobiography From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker. Any proceeds from the book will be going to the Community Addiction and Mental Health Center. (MP Guy Lauzon via Newswatch Group)

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.