Statement in the Senate – The Alberta Winter Games

AWG logoOn February 5, I delivered a statement in the Senate about the upcoming Alberta Winter Games, which takes place this week in Banff and Canmore.

If you’re in the area, I highly encourage you to make the trip out and catch some of Canada’s future elite athletes in action. You can read and listen to my statement below.


Honourable colleagues, I rise today to update you on a very special event that will start tomorrow in my home province of Alberta.

This weekend, more than 2500 of Canada’s future elite athletes will descend upon the towns of Banff and Canmore to take part in the 2014 Alberta Winter Games. In events from biathlon, hockey, and speed skating, to squash, judo, and synchronized swimming, young Albertans will demonstrate their athleticism, grace and respect toward one another through athletic competition. I have the privilege of celebrating the games through participating in the opening and closing ceremonies and proudly presenting medals.

I would like to salute the hundreds of volunteers who have laboured for months to bring us to the doorstep of what will surely be an exceptional event.

We should be encouraged by events like the Alberta Winter Games that promote active, healthy lifestyle, something that Bill S-211, Senator Greene Raine’s effort to create a national health and fitness day, will help address.

For many of the young Albertans competing in this year’s winter games, this will be their first competition at the provincial level. With role models like this year’s Canadian Olympians—25 per cent of them being Albertan— as well as past Olympians like Senator Nancy Greene Raine, I have no doubt that many of these young Albertans will one day represent Canada at the highest international level.

Because of events like the Alberta Winter Games, and as we now look towards Sochi to cheer on our Canadian Olympic team, we can be confident that the future of Canadian sport is golden.