The Christmas season has always been special to my family and I hope that you will have a chance to take a step back from your busy lives and enjoy time with family and loved ones.
It is also a time to celebrate and give thanks for what the previous year has brought us, while looking forward with hope to what the future has in store.
On that note, I am honoured and humbled to once again represent our region in the House of Commons. Thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility and I will work hard every day to continue to ensure that the interests of our region are heard and understood.
I am also looking forward to my new role in the Shadow Cabinet for the Official Opposition as Deputy Critic for Families, Children and Social Development, as well as continuing as Chair of the BC/Yukon Conservative Caucus, Chair of the National Prayer Breakfast, and Co-Chair of the All-Party Outdoors Caucus.
As we embrace this season of giving, it is important that we also remember to give thanks for the sacrifices made by our members of the Canadian Armed Forces, our Veterans and their families.
I’d like to finish by repeating the timeless words of the first Christmas that remind us of the Reason for the season:
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 2:8-14 (NASB)
On behalf of my family and staff, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.