One of the most uniquely Canadian activities happens after one of the most hard fought and violent sporting contests in the world. This would of course be the quest for the Stanley Cup. After each round and even after the final, the combatants line up and they do something that embodies the spirit of this great country; they shake hands and congratulate each other in the spirit of sportsmanship and honour. It doesn't matter how heated the battle was, they still take the time to do this one simple act. It teaches our children the importance of good sportsmanship and that in the end, no matter what happens we are all human beings that must respect and honour each other.
We have had a hard fought election where there was much disagreement and certainly there were two opposing views about our Township. The public has spoken and made their decision on change, however we must always remember that the people we elect, do so of their own free will, for very little compensation and they are elected to serve the residents of this community. They are fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters just like we are and when public life is over, they return to those lives having given a great deal to the community. I want to take the time to thank all of the members of the current council for their service to our Township. Some of our outgoing councillors have had lengthy terms in office and some served for one term, all of them deserve the same honour and respect for having served our community.
Very soon your next council will be sworn in and my hope and vision is that the next four years will be filled with positive action, thoughtful debate and above all honour and respect for everyone involved. There is no doubt that as we navigate through a period of change there will be contentious issues, there may be disagreement and there will be passion about this great region. When it is all said and done I hope that we remember our great Canadian tradition and no matter how heated the battle, we can all shake hands at the end.