As November descends upon us, I reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served and now serve in our armed forces. The last few months have also given us pause to reflect on the dedication of our defenders and first responders. Every day, they give and put their lives on the line for our protection and principles of freedom. On Remembrance Day, November 11th, I would encourage each of you to take a moment to ponder not only those we have lost but what we have gained in return for their sacrifices. 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle defined the young nation of Canada. It firmly planted Canada on the international stage as a leader and champion in standing against tyranny and oppression. The battle set Canadians apart for their willingness to give selflessly in the service of others. Today Canada remains a strong, free country that stands for freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of expression, freedom of the press and of other mediums of communication, freedom of peaceful assembly, and freedom of association. I have gratitude for recent peaceful elections. Evolution without revolution is key to our peaceful democratic system. The secret ballot is a cherished pillar of modern democracy. As Legislators, we need to be vigilant in all aspects of society in keeping with the principles of good government, and to never overreach into individuals personal charter rights.
My regular MLA Café’s will be going on the road in the coming months, so watch for updates on what community associations and local businesses we will be visiting. For November, find me at Cornerstone Music Café Monday the 20th from 9:30-11am. The coffee and hot chocolate will be delicious. As always, my job is to listen and represent you to the best of my ability. So please be sure to reach out through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, phone, email, or in person! Thank you.