In Parliament Feb 4: Acknowledging Students and Student Leaders in a time of COVID-19

I made a statement on February 4 in the House of Commons recognizing students and student leaders during the time of COVID. The approximate transcript (check against delivery):

MR. SPEAKER: LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SALUTE CANADA’S POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS.

I AM THE FATHER OF TWO STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED THEIR UNIVERSITY STUDIES DURING THIS PANDEMIC – AND I CAN SEE HOW OUR CURRENT TIMES HAVE AFFECTED STUDIES, CELEBRATIONS, MENTAL HEALTH, CAREERS, AND LIFE PLANS TAKE HEART. THIS IS A PAUSE ON WHAT WILL BE A GREAT FUTURE FOR YOUR GENERATION. CANADA NEEDS YOUR LEADERSHIP IN AN INCREASINGLY UNCERTAIN WORLD.

LET ME ALSO SALUTE THE STUDENT LEADERS WHO HAVE SOLDIERED THROUGH THIS UNUSUAL TIME. LEADERS LIKE SPIRIT RIVER STRIPED WOLF AT MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY.

THE PAST ACADEMIC YEAR WAS NOT AS ANYONE COULD HAVE IMAGINED, BUT LEADING IN DIFFICULT TIMES, AND THE ADJUSTMENTS YOU’VE MADE TO ADVANCE THE NEEDS OF YOUR STUDENT BODY, HAVE BEEN EXEMPLARY. MORE THAN YOU MAY KNOW, THE CHALLENGES YOU ARE OVERCOMING AT THIS TIME ARE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR OUR COUNTRY’S FUTURE, AND WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOU.

THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF YOU IS BEING THE ARCHITECTS OF WHAT THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ WILL BE.