Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, winter arrived in Alberta. Snow covered the fields before the summer had officially ended, but the farming men and women of Alberta are hardy people. The rest of us might grumble about the snow, but farmers have their livelihood at stake if they cannot harvest their crops. While we are all grateful that the snow has since melted, we pray that they can bring their crops in. Their work feeds the world.
Farmers are not alone in the fields. Bees love our long summer hours and the crops that we grow. This combination creates an amazing honey that has made Alberta the largest honey producer in Canada. In fact, our bees produce twice as much honey as the world average. In Alberta, even our bees work hard.
I salute our farmers and our beekeepers. Their perseverance year after year in the face of uncertain weather and their willingness to work long hours to produce top-quality products ensures that the rest of the world does not go hungry.