Member Statement
(5 December 2019)

From Hansard - 5 December 2019

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Christmas Gratitude

Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I am glad to stand today to wish you and my legislative colleagues on both sides of the floor a Merry Christmas.

It’s hard to believe I have made 20 years of service, Mr. Speaker, and over those years I’ve grown to love these halls and the good work that goes on in this place. In such a grand building, dressed in our suits and ties, it’s good to have a reminder each year that Jesus was born in a stable on the back side of an inn. He wasn’t impressed with pomp or position and was born to a humble young lady. Today, Mr. Speaker, Christmas may have filled up with all sorts of busyness, distractions, and baubles, but when you pull off the wrapper, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

A year ago I was lying in a hospital bed being treated for cancer, Mr. Speaker, wondering what the future might hold for me. Now I’m not sure why God gave an undeserving old cowboy like me a second chance, but I’m very thankful he did, and I’m going to make the best of it.

God gave me so much more than just extra time, Mr. Speaker. This season I’m reminded that he gave his son for me and for you. I figured, after all he’s done for me, the least I could do is give myself to him. Turns out some changes are in order, Mr. Speaker. As we say around here, a lot has been done but there’s more work to do.

So this Christmas season, I want to thank God for Jesus and wish the very best in 2020 for you all, your families, and the people of this great province. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


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