The long dark nights of December seem like a fitting end for 2020.
This has been a year marked by deep economic uncertainty, a historic collapse in energy prices, a global recession and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Folks across our province were faced with public health restrictions, job losses, pay cuts. I know how hard things have been for families all over Alberta.
But even in December, when our nights are the darkest, our communities are brightened by colorful lights to bring joy and cheer into our lives.
Those colourful lights are a visible reminder of the Christmas season. Each one reminds us of the love we share with our families, the warmth of our friendships, and the meaning of the greatest gift we all received on the first Christmas so many years ago.
And, much like those lights brightening the night sky, our province has begun to see reasons for hope and optimism as we move on from the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta’s recovery plan is working. Alberta’s taxpayers have spent more than $10 billion to repair roads, build new bridges and schools, and help get 55,000 Albertans back to work.
We’re also seeing new investments in tech, artificial intelligence, petrochemicals, and so much more. Job creators are reacting to our push to make Alberta the most attractive place in North America to invest in.
We have a long way to go, but there is reason for optimism.
So, as we safely gather for the holidays this year, let’s remember that like the lights dotting the rooftops, trees and yards of our neighbors, there is always a little bit of brightness to cut through the dark.
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy New Year to all celebrating!