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Christmas Greetings (20 December 2007)

From Hansard - 20 December 2007

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Mr. Reiter: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I was thrilled to be asked by my colleagues on this side of the House to bring Christmas greetings. There’s certainly far more veteran members of the Assembly who are far more capable than I am of doing this, but they asked a rookie, which leads me to believe that probably none of the veterans wanted to do it.

But in spite of that, Mr. Speaker, I’m very honoured to bring greetings on behalf of this side. And Mr. Speaker, next week people around the world will be celebrating the Christmas season with their family and friends. The Christmas season brightens up the entire province. This can be seen not only in lights and decorations, but also in the attitude of people around the province. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give.”

The Christmas season is a time for giving, and the generosity of Saskatchewan people is beyond compare. This is shown through donations to food banks, the Salvation Army, and many other charities. What makes Saskatchewan people so exceptional is that spirit of giving does not end with the holiday season but rather carries on year-round. I feel confident that the Saskatchewan Party government and the constituents of this province share the same sentiments of hope and goodwill.

On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, it’s my honour and my privilege to wish my colleagues on both sides of the House — and indeed all the people of Saskatchewan — a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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