As 2020 draws to a close, I would like to take some time to reflect on the year that has passed, and my what a year it has been!
First, I would like to thank my constituents for their resilience in the face of all the uncertainty that 2020 brought us. This last year has been a rollercoaster, but I am so proud of the efforts I’ve seen in our communities to help everyone weather this storm. You have come together in the face of adversity by building support networks and reaching out to those in need. It is extremely admirable, and I cannot commend you enough for how you’ve handled this ever-changing situation. Even though there are differences of thought, people have been respectful of other’s opinions and courteous in their actions.
With respect to my work in parliament, in January, I was the Acting Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to gain momentum across the world. I was also appointed to sit on the Standing Committee on Health, the first parliamentary committee to study COVID-19 and its impact on Canada.
I am proud of the work that was done during my time on the Health committee. We investigated matters such as PPE availability for frontline workers, vaccine development, government stockpiles, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and much more. It was important to me that even in the midst of a pandemic, we held the Liberals to account for their actions.
In August, Trudeau prorogued parliament in an attempt to distract the public from his many scandals, namely the WE charity debacle. That same month, the Conservatives elected a new Leader, Erin O’Toole, who has vowed to fight for the rights of Canadians all across the country. I believe he has and will continue to do an excellent job in his new role.
In early October, I was honoured to be elected Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. This has been a challenge as there is much to learn, however, it is always exciting to tackle something new and I look forward to continuing this work in the new year.
Now, as December wraps up and January is peeking over the horizon, I am counting my blessings and reflecting on the positives from 2020. Our agricultural producers and ranchers did an outstanding job handling the pandemic, and with good weather, were able to produce a solid harvest.
We were also able to have some great community events despite social distancing, such as the Estevan and Weyburn United Way telethons, both of which surpassed their fundraising goals. Events like this truly embody the spirit of “Where there is a will, there is a way!”
Again, I want to express my thanks and recognize the residents of Souris – Moose Mountain for their efforts in keeping our communities safe throughout the pandemic. I encourage all of you to continue taking the necessary safety measures so that we can protect our most vulnerable and come out of this as unscathed as possible. You’ve done a great job so far, so please keep up the good work!
Finally, as your Member of Parliament for Souris – Moose Mountain, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. See you in 2021!