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.

 

One Comment

  1. Bill Kays 12 April 2016 at 8:51 am

    The world is evolving, yes, BUT we must only change with it IF we agree it is going in the right direction. Your statement reminds me of my father telling me the story about “if your friends want to jump off the bridge, are you going to do it too?” Those were great words coming from a great man. Going along just to get along is, and never was, the right thing to do. In order to MEASURE progress we must have a RULER, something with which to gauge our progress with or against. Most point to our failing economic numbers as a gauge, others measure societal change by looking at the number of beggars in the streets, the number of homeless, number of the forgotten, number of those who have lost hope, or the number of fat cats sitting down at the Gentlemen’s Club, an oxymoron if ever there was. Without measure, without criticism, with corrections based on those measures and criticism, society stagnates for most but a few. The Amish and the Buddhists are not going to save us, unless we VOTE THEM INTO OFFICE. Somehow I don’t think the Old Boy’s Clubs in either major party will permit that, but I would love to see it. I see no minorities in old Whitey’s control structure yet (Legislature), although they have permitted one greenie, so I suppose that might count.

     

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