From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker, MP Guy Lauzon opens up about his past

Seen in above photo: A very emotional Guy Lauzon, speaks out about his struggles to sobriety and officially launched his new book “From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker.” Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — An emotional Guy Lauzon launched his autobiography at the Cornwall Community Hospital’s Addiction and Mental Health Centre yesterday, candidly recounting both the low and high points of an adult life that ruinously began as a boozer, high school dropout and two-time impaired driver.

“Any success I’ve had in my life is a gift from God,” the 73-year-old Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (SDSG) MP told a packed conference room at the Centre, striking the other theme of his remarks: His faith in a higher power.

The medical setting was appropriate as Lauzon spoke of his own addiction to alcohol, which ruled him between the ages of 15 and 30.

Though he hasn’t touched a drop in the 43 years since giving up the bottle, the SDSG MP conceded the battle is never truly over with the “patient” disease of alcoholism. “If I drank as a little as a glass of beer today, I would go right back to the depths of alcoholism,” he confessed.

On the verge of tears and occasionally pausing to look over at his wife, Frances, for support, he described his personal sobriety and success as a “miracle.”

“I have come to believe that when a person is an alcoholic, such as I am, there are three possible outcomes: sobriety, being permanently institutionalized, or death. And I’ve been blessed with sobriety,” he said to applause.

Proceeds of the book, From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker, will go to the Centre. If its message of hope prompts even one person to seek help for their addiction, then telling his own story in print will have been worth it, said the St. Andrews West resident. “If an alcoholic, high school dropout stumblebum like me can achieve sobriety and actually get elected to parliament, just imagine what others can accomplish.”

Lauzon was also proud to read aloud the forward penned by former prime minister Stephen Harper.

He spent a little over a year writing the autobiography, pecking away at a keyboard between 30 and 90 minutes every morning. Many had urged him over the years to write his life story, thinking the subject matter was merely about humble beginnings, not realizing his battle with the bottle.

“I finally decided to tell the whole story of my life in the hope that it might help some people that are afflicted with the same disease that I suffer from,” he said.

Copies of the book are available on Amazon, Your Independent Grocer in Cornwall, the Christian book store in Cornwall, Seaway Valley Pharmacy in Winchester, Flair with Fabrics in Chesterville, Cardinal Flowers in Morrisburg and the gift shop at the Cornwall hospital.

The hospital’s Addiction and Mental Health Centre opened last fall. Christine Penney, Vice-President of Community Programs, thanked the MP for choosing the institution as the venue for the launch.

At the launch of his autobiography, MP Guy Lauzon talks about his miraculous sobriety. He is introduced in the video by Christine Penney, Vice-President of Community Programs at the Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre in Cornwall. The institution will benefit from all proceeds of From Lawbreaker to Lawmaker.

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