2018 Christ­mas Mes­sage from the Leader of the Of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion Ryan Meili

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Friends, at this time of year we come to­gether in a spirit of peace and love to cel­e­brate Christ­mas, to cel­e­brate the story of the birth of a child, the story of the Cre­ator, all pow­er­ful, com­ing to Earth as a help­less new­born born to a hum­ble fam­ily. The great­est of all be­come the least among us. It’s a story of good news, of hope: a mes­sage of love for all, and in par­tic­u­lar, love for the least among us.

All across Saskatchewan, peo­ple of all faiths will be show­ing that love - with acts of char­ity, of kind­ness, of gen­eros­ity, as we do through­out the year and es­pe­cially in this hol­i­day sea­son.

Whether it’s serv­ing a meal at the Friend­ship Inn. Vis­it­ing an el­derly neigh­bour with fresh bak­ing and time to lis­ten. Do­nat­ing to the United Way. Or de­liv­er­ing a ham­per to a fam­ily in need. Saskatchewan peo­ple know how to share.

Saskatchewan has been blessed with great peo­ple and great nat­u­ral wealth. Yet, amidst that plenty, we know there are too many who go with­out. There are too many in our prov­ince to­day who will strug­gle through the hol­i­days. Strug­gle with de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety. Strug­gle with car­ing for ag­ing loved ones or wor­ries of the fu­ture of their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. There will be peo­ple who strug­gle with poverty and hunger, with lone­li­ness and grief.

Our acts of char­ity mat­ter. The gifts we give of our time, our hard-earned money, of our­selves, that gen­eros­ity makes a dif­fer­ence.

And that spirit of gen­eros­ity must go be­yond acts of ser­vice to acts of pub­lic ser­vice. The work we do here in the leg­is­la­ture, the work of gov­ern­ment can and should be a pow­er­ful force for good. There is so much we can do to make our com­mu­ni­ties bet­ter, to help those in need to­day and to grow our pros­per­ity so that fewer find them­selves strug­gling in the years to come.

So how­ever you cel­e­brate, let us be good and kind to each other, let’s en­joy this hol­i­day sea­son, let’s make the most of spe­cial times with fam­ily and friends, and let’s com­mit to ex­tend­ing the spirit of the sea­son all through the year ahead.

Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

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