04/06/2017 04:07 EDT

Judy Foote, Public Services Minister, Taking Leave Of Absence For Personal Reasons

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Public Services Minister Judy Foote is taking an indefinite leave of absence from her job for personal and family reasons.

He says Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr will fill in for her during her absence.

Trudeau says in a statement that families must always be a priority for MPs, and he commends Foote for wanting to be with her loved ones.

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Public Service Minister Judy Foote stands during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Feb. 15, 2017. (Photo: Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

The statement offered no other details, but Foote does have a history of breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed 17 years ago in 2000 while serving as a provincial politician in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Foote was first elected federally in 2008 and again in 2011 in the riding of Random-Burin-St. George's. In 2014, she informed constituents that the disease had returned.

Foote was re-elected in 2015 in the newly established riding of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, where she earned nearly 82 per cent of the vote — the highest in Canada.

"As Parliamentarians, our family should always be our priority, and I commend her for taking the time to be with her loved ones," Trudeau's statement said.

"We look forward to having her back in Ottawa."

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