Optimism for the New Year

December 31, 2020

I won’t sugar-coat it: 2020 posed challenges for all of us. Friends and families had to stay apart, many people faced financial hardship, and mental health struggles like depression saw an extreme uptick.

Despite the many challenges, I hope everyone can reflect on the positive side of the past year. While we faced difficult circumstances, our community’s perseverance was on display. The spirit of Alberta means that we do not back down from obstacles, and we face whatever is thrown our way. That spirit was needed more than ever in 2020. Community groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals all did their part to support one another in a year unlike any other.

As we look ahead to 2021, I cannot help but be optimistic. Vaccination is on the horizon, and there is hope that normalcy will return this year. While we eagerly await the new year, I hope everyone remembers those who helped get us through the trials of 2020. Small businesses in our community were there for us, and we must ensure they continue to receive the support of our community. Thank you also to everyone who put themselves on the frontline to keep our community safe and functioning.

As we change calendars and think about New Year’s resolutions, my commitment to our community stays the same. Alberta deserves fair treatment in Ottawa, and I will continue to fight for our way of life. It is time for government interference that is stopping our oil sector from flourishing to end. No matter what is in store for the coming year, I will keep standing up for our community’s interests.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to watch my New Years message here.

I hope everyone celebrates safely this evening, and I wish everyone happiness and success in the new year!