Ron Russell announced today, Sept. 19, that he will resume his duties as minister of Transportation and Public Works this week. Mr. Russell underwent surgery for cancer of the bowel in July. Mr. Russell, who also holds the positions of deputy premier and government House leader, will join his cabinet and government caucus colleagues at meetings this week in Antigonish and Guysborough. Cabinet will meet on Thursday morning in Antigonish. “I have received a clean bill of health from my surgeon. I feel terrific and I’m keen to get back to work,” he said. “I was optimistic throughout this whole procedure. My spirits were good and I had a great deal of support from my colleagues, friends and family,” he added. “I will be eternally grateful for all of the expressions of support and encouragement, all the cards and calls and visits, that I received.” “We are all thrilled to have Ron back in action,” said Premier John Hamm. “His wit and wisdom were sorely missed. Everyone is delighted to see him come through this challenge with flying colours.” Michael Baker served as the acting minister of Transportation and Public Works, during Mr. Russell’s absence.