Christmas is a time to reflect on the hope and optimism in the birth of Jesus Christ.
Despite the uncertainty and the hardships we have faced over the course of the pandemic, Canadians remain selfless and generous in this time of adversity.
The celebration of Advent leading up to the birth of Christ encompasses hope, peace, joy and love.
It reminds us that the spirit of Christmas cannot be lost in a pandemic, it can be our inspiration to give to others as God gave to us the most precious of gifts, His son, Jesus Christ.
It is in this spirit that I wish to acknowledge our Frontline Responders that have given of themselves selflessly to all of us throughout the course of this past year.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic impacts have resulted in many Canadians losing their jobs and businesses closing.
Canada’s food banks, shelters, and other charities have been there every step of the way to ensure those hit the worst by COVID have full stomachs and a place to sleep.
These organizations are greatly valued and appreciated for their selflessness and the services they provide.
That said, many charities rely on your generous donations in way of food items, money, and efforts from volunteers.
I would encourage anyone who is able to do so, to help them in any way you can.
During the course of the pandemic, the Canadian Armed Forces dutifully answered whenever they were called upon.
Whether it was aiding our healthcare workers with combating COVID-19, to assisting communities impacted by natural disaster, the Canadian Armed Forces deserve our thanks and appreciation.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to those frontline workers and businesses.
To the workers in health care, emergency services, grocery stores, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and the many other integral services that have gotten us through this pandemic, thank you, your service to Canada is commendable.
For those who are facing uncertainty because of mandates, job losses, or rising costs, I understand your struggle and please know Conservatives are fighting for you.
COVID is not the first time Canada has faced adversity and it will not be the last, but one thing is for certain, because of the resilience of Canadians, we have reason to believe that better days are ahead.
We have much to be thankful for this Christmas.
It continues to be an honour to serve as your Member of Parliament for Battle River-Crowfoot.
I am most grateful. I will leave you with a quote of hope from Luke 2:9-11: “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”.
From my family to yours, may you experience the fullness of peace, love and joy this Christmas season.
I wish you a blessed 2022 and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year.
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