Mr. Speaker, this week, we saw democracy in action. People of all ages, backgrounds and political stripes stepped up and did something honourable. They put their names forward to represent the citizens of their towns, cities, and municipalities.
In this House, we have all done this. We know first-hand the challenge of throwing our hats into the ring and trying to do something good for the regions we love.
Today, I would like to congratulate all who ran in these municipal elections.
To the people who were acclaimed, elected, or re-elected: great job and good luck. The road they have chosen can be difficult at times, but it is also very rewarding.
To the people who were not successful: my hat is off to them as well. We need more people to do what they have done. That is what makes democracy work.
I ask all members in this House to join me in congratulating all the candidates who participated in these municipal elections.
I would also like to wish our newest politicians the very best as they embark in public life.