Let me begin by extending to all my constituents and to all readers of The Shoreline Journal, wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. It is a wonderful time of year, and we need to pause, to enjoy our family and friends, and to support those less fortunate.

 It is also a time to reflect on the past year, to give thanks, and then to look forward with hope and excitement. It is a time when communities come together to decorate and to celebrate. Countless volunteer hours are given to transform our homes, our businesses and our communities into a Winter Wonderland. I wish to acknowledge and thank those who have been busy organizing events that allow us to celebrate the Season together. These events provide great opportunities to meet, to laugh, to share and to enjoy one another.

 

One of the strengths of our province and its rural communities is that we care for one another. It is a pleasure and a privilege to represent a rural constituency, and I take every opportunity to see provincial policy and legislation through that rural lens. We have something special in rural Nova Scotia….folks are happy to greet, laugh, talk about “the news” and show compassion to one another.

We care about the less fortunate. Let us make an effort this year to help make their Christmas one to remember in a good way. The sense of satisfaction that you feel in your heart when you give to others is not easily forgotten.

As your MLA since 2006, let me continue to show my appreciation for the support that you have given to me over the last 12 years, and to say thanks for the confidence you have placed in me to continue to represent you in the Provincial Legislature. I am truly honored to be the MLA for Colchester North, the Minister of Finance and the Deputy Premier. Together we are making a positive difference in our province.

I recently had the honor and privilege to represent the Province of Nova Scotia at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Boston. As you know, this is the way our province continues to say “Thanks” to Boston for the immediate response at the time of the Halifax Explosion. Over

30 000 men, women and children attended the event at Boston Commons. I was so proud to represent you and our province as Deputy Premier.

Perhaps the greatest highlight, and truly in the spirit of Christmas, was a visit to Matheau School. This school is in an underprivileged area of the city, but the warm reception from those kids told me of the love, warmth and compassion each one has in their heart.

Kudos to their teachers who had helped them learn of the tragic events in Halifax on December 6, 1917. My message to them, to the 30 000 at the Tree Lighting, and to you as readers…we have a responsibility to continue to educate our own kids and to make sure that piece of history is never forgotten. The Christmas tree is but a symbol of friendship and gratitude.

Please have a very Merry Christmas with family and friends.

 

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North