Canada energy minister has bypass surgery, out for six weeks

Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:36pm EST
 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, a key driver behind the government's push to boost mining and oil extraction, underwent heart bypass surgery earlier this month and will be recovering for six weeks, officials said on Monday.

Oliver, who had no previous record of heart trouble, had the operation on January 3 and is recovering well at home, they added.

The 72-year-old minister has spearheaded a push to cut red tape and make it easier for firms to build major energy infrastructure projects such as oil pipelines.

Canada's Parliament adopted a set of more relaxed rules last year despite protests from green activists who said the move would boost the chance of an environmental disaster.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, editing by G Crosse)

 
Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, talks to media after speaking at the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association's 20th Anniversary Conference in Toronto, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Brett Gundlock