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Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 1, 2012.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is recovering from a heart bypass and will be recovering for six weeks.

His office says the 72-year-old minister underwent surgery Jan. 3 to treat a problem discovered during a routine annual checkup.

The MP for the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence was first elected in 2011 and appointed to the Natural Resources portfolio.

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The Montreal-born Oliver was a businessman before entering politics.

He is former CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.

Chris McCluskey, Mr. Oliver's director of communications, says the minister is increasingly resuming his responsibilities as he recovers.

"Minister Oliver is current with his files and continues to work on behalf of his constituents," Mr. McCluskey said.

With a report from Reuters

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