OTTAWA – These past nine and a half years have been an incredible experience for me as your Member of Parliament. However, the time has come for me to move on.
I wish to thank all of the constituents of the Macleod riding for your support over the years. This role has given me an opportunity that is only afforded to a few. My wife, Sandy, and I have made so many new friends and gotten to know so many people that we may never have met otherwise, despite the fact that they might only live in the next town.
You have shared stories about your lives, invited us into your homes and helped guide me over these years. And I thank you all for that.
Many of you will know that I never intended to be a career politician, and as I said earlier this year, the severe flooding in Southern Alberta was a vivid reminder of why I chose to stand for election in 2004 - to serve the constituents of Macleod. Stepping down from my Ministerial duties in July allowed me time this summer to play a small part in helping those affected, and just be there for my constituents.
There are many to thank for their support and advice. Thank you to all who supported and campaigned for me, those dedicated volunteers from across the riding who sat on my advisory board, my amazing staff: Wanda Sommerfeldt, Rachelle MacDonald, Brenda Whitehead and Brooke de Waal and most of all, to my family. I could not have done this alone! Thank you to my wonderful wife Sandy, for her love and understanding.
I am retiring from politics but look forward to another exciting career ahead.
Thank you all for the opportunity to proudly represent the most beautiful riding in Canada, and for the privilege to represent some of the greatest people I will ever know.