Recovery from stroke wasn't fast enough, says Chief Public Health Officer

OTTAWA - Canada's top public health official is stepping down, one year after suffering a stroke.

Dr. David Butler-Jones says his recovery has not gone as quickly as he would have liked, and it would not be right for him to continue in the role of Chief Public Health Officer.

Butler-Jones said he would step down once his replacement is chosen, but will continue working as as advisor to the federal government.

He was dubbed Canada’s top doctor in his role as head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and led government efforts to deal with the H1Ni flu scare.

Butler-Jones suffered a stroke in May 2012.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says his decision to step down for health reasons shows his commitment to putting the best interests of Canadians first.