Victoria MLA's son, 4, diagnosed with brain tumour; announces step back from duties

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VICTORIA — A member of the British Columbia legislature says she's stepping back from her duties because her four-year-old son has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Victoria-Beacon Hill MLA Grace Lore says in a message on her constituency Facebook page that the tumour was found in her son Asher last month.

Lore, who is also parliamentary secretary for gender equity, says she will remain a member of the assembly, but is relying on the support of her office staff and colleagues while she cares for her family.

She says her community office remains accessible by email and phone in keeping with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

On behalf of herself and her family, she thanks those at B.C. Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

Lore, a New Democrat first elected last fall, has received messages of support from many members of the legislature, including Premier John Horgan and interim Liberal Leader Shirley Bond.

"Family comes first. We are all holding Grace and little Asher close in our hearts," says the premier in a statement Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2021.

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