Today I delivered my first members' statement in the Legislature.
Mr. Ian Arthur: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I believe it’s the first time I have spoken with you in the chair, so congratulations on your victory.
It’s a pleasure to rise in the House today to deliver my first member’s statement, and it’s fortunate that it falls on the day of my ceremonial swearing-in. I’d like to introduce my family: Brendan, Benoit, Melanie and my mother, Janette, who are in the members’ gallery right now.
Running for office was certainly one of the most monumental tasks I have ever taken on, and I would like to use this member’s statement to thank everyone who dedicated so many hours, so much time, to helping me win the election. I’d like to recognize my family. They have been so supportive, so understanding. They have always been there for me, and that has meant so much to me.
I’d also like to recognize my dedicated and talented campaign team. They helped me knock on thousands and thousands of doors and talk to tens of thousands of voters. Patrick, Leif, Yardy, Aimee, Alden and Jason: I could never have done this without you.
Mr. Speaker, our campaign was one that inspired. We had countless volunteers who poured hundreds and hundreds of hours of work into canvassing, phoning, putting up signs and attending events, like all the volunteers did for all the members who are here today.
Thank you to all of Kingston for believing in me and believing that I could bring change for the better to Kingston and the Islands. Most importantly, I would like to thank the constituents of Kingston and the Islands for putting their faith in me here in this Legislature.