Statements by Members, 7 April 2016
Source: Legislative Assembly of PEI
Dr. Bevan-Baker: Thank you so much, Mr. Speaker.
The world is evolving and we must change with it, and the community of Prince Edward Island is changing also. It is our challenge and our opportunity to collectively embrace this evolution and, in so doing, create a better PEI.
We can do this with each choice and every action that we all take every day. Those of us privileged enough to sit in this Legislature have a special responsibility to colour this transformation.
Our Island home has seen many cultural shifts over its storied history, from the original Mi’kmaq inhabitants through European settlers to today, where we have a more diverse population than ever before.
With the arrival of the Buddhist community in Little Sands and, more recently, the Amish, and the influx of immigrants from countries where Prince Edward Island would have been as familiar to them as Baalbek and Abu Hamam are to us.
With diversity comes strength, whether we are talking about an economy, an ecosystem or a community. Our ever-expanding cultural variety is both a blessing and a test. Will we rise to that challenge and welcome these new neighbours with genuine warmth and legendary Island hospitality? I say a resounding yes. And I ask all members of this House to join me in extending a heartfelt welcome to all of our new friends.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.