Originally published on the DaninOttawa.com site on June 26, 2011.
History is made in different ways. I never expected to be part of what was apparently one of, if not the longest House of Commons debates in history.
It is hard to believe it is now finally over and tomorrow I can return back home to Okanagan-Coquihalla. At this point it is difficult to reflect on everything that has occurred over the past near 48 hours. I have to start by saying a sincere thank you. The comments and words of encouragement and support that I received from so many of you at all hours of the night was really inspiring. The ability to share this experience as best as I could through this blog and tweets helped get me through it
I know that there will be some who will be unhappy with what occurred here in Ottawa this past week. To those who took the time to talk with or write to me please know that I heard from an overwhelming amount of citizens who truly needed this legislation to be passed, and passed promptly. This is legislation that will provide a great amount of relief for many who depend on Canada Post. For some this will mean putting food on the kitchen table.
If there is one positive that I believe we can all take from this experience is that Canada Post remains an important institution that Canadians still very much depend on. As we go forward and the mail again starts to flow I hope we will not forget this debate and hopefully in the future all parties can work together and reach a consensus.
I am feeling truly exhausted but also grateful that we can live in a Country as great as Canada, have respectful debate and truly take the concerns of our citizens to our nation's capital. I again would like to thank everyone for your comments and support. I will never forget this experience and what it means to be your Member of Parliament.
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