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A Wonderful Time of the Year

[:en]Another year and another session of Parliament has come to a close. I am happy to be in the riding for the Holidays and proud of the work that our Conservative Caucus did in 2018.

We were successful in holding the Liberals to account on many fronts including the modification of the discriminatory Canada Summer Jobs attestation.

Part of our job as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is to shine a light on Government practice, and policy.

The last few days in the House of Commons this year were strange and bittersweet as this was the last time Canada’s representatives would sit in Centre Block. The beautiful and historic Centre Block is due to undergo a decade of renovations.

When we return later this month, we will be sitting in a beautiful new House of Commons. The lights will go out in Centre Block, and the lights will come up on something exciting and new.

In one of the final days before Parliament rose for the holidays, I rose for the final time this year in Centre Block to speak:

“Mr. Speaker,

On a recent flight home, I noticed a beautiful sunset unfolding right outside my window. A stunning display of light – filled with a rainbow of colours. It lasted only a few minutes and then it was dark.

Later, as we approached our destination, I could see the airport runway lights in the distance –guiding us in for a safe landing.

At this festive time of year, we celebrate with lights all around us. We decorate our trees, offices and homes. At this time of year, and all year around, let us remember that there was and is, one light- above ALL others – God’s son, Jesus. Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And he called US to be lights as well. He said…“YOU are the light of the world…let your light shine before others.”

Mr. Speaker, let the lights all around us this Christmas, remind us to be guided by the True Light and reflect the light of Jesus’ love in our lives. May we all be the Light that brightens this world.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in the new year.

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