Merry Christ­mas Bat­tle River -Crow­foot!

The Drumheller Mail - - CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

Christ­mas is the time where we cel­e­brate fam­ily, friends and faith. For a lot of fam­i­lies in our con­stituency there is un­cer­tainty in the New Year. In the north­ern part of our rid­ing too much crop was left in the fields be­cause of the early cold weather. Still, we had a good crop, but hardly any­one can re­mem­ber when we were un­able to har­vest it all.

In the rid­ings sur­round­ing ours and our prov­ince as a whole, work­ers and fam­i­lies are con­fronting an em­ploy­ment sit­u­a­tion and eco­nomic prospects that are com­pletely op­po­site to what the op­por­tu­ni­ties were just over a year ago. The econ­omy in Al­berta has left us frus­trated with both the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

The Chris­tian faith is based on Je­sus Christ and the events of Christ­mas and Easter. At Christ­mas, we cel­e­brate the birth of our Saviour. The events of Easter re­veal the prom­ises of our faith. In our cal­en­dar year, th­ese are times for us all to re­flect on our lives, count our bless­ings, and fo­cus on our spir­i­tu­al­ity as hu­man be­ings. For cen­turies, they have served to strengthen us and give us hope in our daily lives.

Our friends are al­ways im­por­tant to our fam­i­lies. Friends can al­ways be counted on to bring us a smile. They help fill the room when a fam­ily mem­ber is no longer with us. They will even, un­know­ingly, sit in an empty chair that the fam­ily has set aside. By do­ing so, friends un­der­line their im­por­tant role in our lives and dis­tract us in a pos­i­tive way.

Friends are good for a laugh; wor­thy al­lies in an ad­ven­ture - whether that en­tails a jour­ney some­where or a sim­ple af­ter­noon go­ing to­bog­gan­ing - and more. We en­joy time we spend with our fam­i­lies and friends.

From my fam­ily to yours, I wish ev­ery­one all the bless­ings of the Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son. As your Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, I al­ways look for­ward to com­ing home from Ot­tawa to share some hol­i­day cheer with con­stituents.

You can write Kevin Soren­son, MP at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-6084600, toll-free 1-800-6654358, fax 780-608-4603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­son.c1@

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