Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate the birthdate of a great leader, Winston Churchill.
Remembered for his leadership and heroism during the Second World War, he had boldness and determination quite unlike any other, which consistently shone through over his six decades in public service to his country.
In 1929, after his ninth re-election as a parliamentarian, the British Bulldog, as he was known, visited my province of Alberta as part of a North American tour. Revelling in the beauty of these great plains to the mountains, he said:
I’ve heard so much about this wonderful province of Alberta that I don’t want to miss anything.
Today Alberta honours the late, great prime minister. In the spring of next year, his statue is to be unveiled in downtown Calgary. Remembering Churchill’s legacy, in his own words:
All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.