It is the time of year to once again prepare our homes for the warmth of the Holiday season and reflect on the year that was.
To me, the holiday spirit is about my family, my loved ones, my children and my friends. You are my ultimate gift.
My wife Louise has been a counsellor, a confidant and my best friend. I thank her for her love and support through all that it is to be a politician, a husband and a father. I certainly could not do it without her.
I want to thank the constituents of Foothills for once again placing their confidence and trust in me to be their voice in Ottawa as their Member of Parliament.
There is a lot of work to do in Ottawa, and I am more inspired each and every day to be the voice and representative of our incredible community.
I will continue to advocate for the Liberal government to champion Canadian energy and Canadian agriculture, to work from a foundation of fiscal responsibility and address the skyrocketing cost of living for Canadians. I will continue to not only stand up for your rights, but also what is right.
I will fight for our great province to once again be the economic engine of this country, so we may continue to develop our natural resources under the most ethical standards in the world, empower our entrepreneurship and export our world-class technology, agricultural commodities and skillsets around the globe.
I am also honoured to serve as Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Agri-Food and Food Security and sit as vice-chair on the Standing Committee of Agriculture for the 44th Parliament. Our agriculture producers are an integral part of our economy and are essential to our food security. Of course, agriculture is vital to my constituents and our rural economy in southern Alberta. I will work hard each and every day to ensure a level playing field to unleash and utilize the capabilities of our agriculture sector.
Although it was a challenging year for Southern Alberta, for businesses and for families – as a community you have remained strong, resilient, and you have supported one another through these tumultuous times.
As this year is drawing to a close, my hope is for a prosperous 2022 for Foothills families, small businesses and communities. I hope during this holiday season we all have the opportunity to find warmth in the embrace of our friends and families and take a moment to appreciate who we have in our lives.
I look forward to next year bringing us more joy and more occasions to celebrate together.
From my family to yours, I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with fun, cheer and special holiday magic.