I wish I could share the “thank you” letter I had hoped to write to you. But it was not to be for us on November 7th.
Know that I did everything possible and that our local team ran a textbook campaign; we did all the things we were supposed to do. And I am proud of our campaign team, our local executive, our volunteers and all the people who believed in me, in us, in our ideas and had hope for a better Saskatchewan.
It is a mystery to me how I got so lucky to end up with Kendra as my wife. She is an amazing person and a terrific Mother. I am also very proud of my children throughout this entire process; they are brilliant and everything that I do, I do it with their future in mind.
Everything that led me to this point has been the result of the values instilled in me by my Mom and Dad. So, Gracias viejos! I hope I have made you proud despite the result and know that the values of respect, hard work, humbleness, community service, democracy, positivity and love are somethings that I am trying to instill in our children as well.
I was extremely proud to campaign on important issues that I will continue to work on regardless of the outcome. It is my hope that the housing crisis will be addressed; that we add more affordable childcare spaces; that our seniors live in dignity; that our workers are treated fairly; that our education is of high quality and affordable; and that our economy benefits our local businesses and people first.
Our campaign never took anything for granted; we were humble throughout and in planning for the campaign many months before, we knew it was not going to be easy and we had to earn every single vote.
To every person that voted for me — for us; thank you for believing — don’t stop. For every person that wanted to vote for me; thank you for considering it, in some ways the fact that I was in your thoughts is rewarding in my books. For those who didn’t vote for me; thank you as well, as I learn from you also.
In the end, the electorate decides and they have made their decision and we have to gracefully accept it and wish all of our elected representatives the best in the next four years.
Over the last 21 months, I had prepared myself diligently for the elections. In some ways, I had rejected clichés and phrases like “I’ve talked to thousands of people on the door-steps,” but I have come to understand how politicians make that statement, as I have literally have had thousands of conversations.
I have come to know a lot about myself, about stepping out of my comfort zone in order to be brave and stand up for what I believe in. Today, I have one request of you: do the same; step out of your comfort zone and be brave and stand up for a better world. Be a proud New Democrat and talk to your family, friends and acquaintances about the issues that you care about. Take up a cause and become an activist and in the words of Gandhi, “be the change you want to see in the world.”
Some of you have wrote me kind messages; the appropriate subject line is “congrats.” I have gained many friends and experiences and I believe I am better off for it. And as I told a coach friend of mine, “coach, I left it all out on the field. I had nothing left in the tank.”
It is now time to rest, reflect and soon enough get up and rebuild.
All the best and thank you.