Mr. Speaker, 18 years ago this week, a major milestone for my family occurred. On June 2, 1997, I was elected as the member of Parliament for Calgary East.
This would not have been possible without the support of my family, friends, and, most of all, the constituents of Calgary East.
It has been an honour to be their representative. During this incredible journey, I have been humbled by the support and friendship of Canadians from across the country and the opportunity to represent Canada on the world stage.
My heartfelt thanks go to my immediate family: my wife Neena, my daughters Priti and Kaajal, my son-in-law Robin Martin, and my son Aman, as well as my grandchildren Devin and Evasha and, of course, my extended family.
I would also like to thank my staff, my friends, my local electoral district association, my supporters, and my colleagues in the House of Commons.
I look forward to seeking the trust of the constituents of the new riding of Calgary Forest Lawn in the next election.