Christ­mas mes­sage from the leader of the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Hello, I’m Dwain Lin­gen fel­ter, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion.

I grew up on the fam­ily farm near Shau­navon as one of nine chil­dren.

Like many of you, I have happy rec­ol­lec­tions of Christ­mas from those days, trea­sured mem­o­ries like skat­ing on the slough withmy broth­ers and sis­ters.

I also re­mem­ber, though, that some­times we had to make do without many things that other fam­i­lies seemed to take for granted.

But my par­ents al­ways told us that we should fo­cus not on what we lacked, but on what we had, and on what we could do for oth­ers.

To­day, I am blessed in many ways, but most im­por­tantly, with a loving wife and five chil­dren of whom I could not be more proud.

And my wife Ru­biela and I teach our chil­dren the same lessons my par­ents taught me - to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for mak­ing their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place than when they found it.

At Christ­mas, we re­mind our chil­dren that, in the midst of our own cel­e­bra­tions, there are many in our prov­ince hav­ing trou­ble mak­ing ends meet:

* Se­niors try­ing to jug­gle the ris­ing cost of rent, util­i­ties and pre­scrip­tion drugs;

* Farm­ers who worry about whether they can pay their bills and still af­ford Christ­mas presents for their kids when they haven’t been paid for their grain; and

* Peo­ple who have lost full-time jobs and are try­ing to pay their bills with part­time hours or no pay­cheque at all.

We re­mind them, too, of peo­ple in need all over the world-the refugees from war or famine or per­se­cu­tion.

And, as a fam­ily, we com­mit our­selves once again to tak­ing our part in the world’s strug­gles, to restor­ing hope to those who have none, and to keep­ing the true spirit of this hol­i­day sea­son alive through­out the year.

That’s the spirit of car­ing and shar­ing that is the true spirit of Saskatchew­an, the spirit that built the prov­ince we know and love, and the spirit that will in­spire us all in years to come.

And so, in that spirit, on be­half of my wife Ru­biela, our fam­ily, and my col­leagues in the New Demo­cratic Party Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion, my best to you and your fam­ily. Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year!

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