Today marks the start of Chinese New Year, the most important annual celebration for Alberta’s Chinese community. I’m sure celebrations will continue for some time and on behalf of the Alberta Liberal Opposition, I extend my best wishes to all Albertan’s taking part in the festivities.
The Chinese community is a cornerstone of Alberta’s prosperity. Its members’ hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit are felt throughout the province. We all benefit from the innovation, leadership and unique traditions that Chinese culture offers.
A new year brings with it new beginnings and fresh opportunities. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, an animal known for its intelligence, quick-wits and cleverness – this year, those traits will be more important than ever. I have no doubt those celebrating the Chinese New Year will be among the leading figures who propel Alberta through temporary hard times and into a prosperous future.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year. May you be surrounded by friends and family and may the year ahead bring you health, happiness and prosperity.