Hon. Jim Abbott (Kootenay—Columbia, CPC)
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the greatest job, the greatest people and the greatest country. Being a member of Parliament, we have access to decision-making and decision-makers, national and international. The experience of being a member of Parliament is as big as this world.
I am thankful to our Prime Minister for my appointment to the Privy Council and for his confidence in me in the task that he had appointed to me.
I am thankful for the support and confidence of my constituents since 1993.
I am thankful for the support of my assistants here today in the chamber, Krissy and Chelsea Côté. Believe it or not, Krissy has been with me all 17.5 years. I am thankful to my assistant in my Cranbrook office, Wendy Kemble. I am particularly thankful to Ken Miller, who got me into this in 1991 and is still with me today as our electoral district president.
I am thankful for the support of my friends in the party, the people who put up the signs in the snowbanks and do the phoning. I would not be so proud as to think that they just support me. They support principle, political principle, and I thank them for that.
Most important, I am thankful to my family, to my wife Jeannette, three children, their spouses and seven grandchildren.
Above all, I am thankful to God for supporting me every day in every way during this period. My faith in Christ is my enduring pillar.
Subtopic: Resignation of Members