My time spent in Ottawa over the past six months has been a very humbling and rewarding experience.
Like many Canadians I had long followed events in Ottawa for many years through various media sources and in discussion with our current and retired MPs who now call the Okanagan home.
Being part of the daily regimes in Parliament as an elected MP adds a very different but important perspective.
We have much to be proud of in this region and we have many unique and extraordinary assets and important success stories that can be of benefit in other regions across Canada. However, we also have challenges and those challenges require solutions and while I am proud of the fact that we are making great progress in many areas, we must not let up or become complacent.
As a new MP, it has been a significant learning curve over the course of this year. However, the feedback and support from so many of you has made a real difference.
The diversity of opinion and the respectful manner such views are often expressed is also very refreshing.
Over the past six months, our government has fulfilled many of the commitments made during the last election.
While many citizens have been applauding of this, there are also those who are in strong disagreement.
If there is one singular thing that I have learned during my relatively brief time as an MP, it’s that there is one very unique reason why Canada is the great country that we all know and love.
It is the people who call Canada home that set us apart as Canadians.
In the House of Commons and on Parliament Hill I have met many people from all across this amazing country and in the process have come to really appreciate that, as much as there is often geographic diversity, there is also a unity of values and principles that we share.
As the holiday season approaches, I believe we must be mindful of those who are less fortunate, not just here at home, but in other countries around the world. As Canadians we are truly blessed and fortunate for all that we have and have much to be thankful for.
Dan Albas is the Conservative MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla.