The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Colleagues, rivals, servants of democracy, members and friends of the Association of Former Manitoba MLAs – welcome to Government House and this celebration of public service.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We’ve come together to renew friendships and honour your commitment to the people of Manitoba.
As MLAs, you were members of different parties and may have spent years seeking the weaknesses in one another’s positions. That, of course, is how the Parliamentary system works and how it ensures that laws and policies are subject to very careful scrutiny.
But here in Government House we’re meeting on neutral ground, just a stone’s throw from that temple of democracy where you served.
I’m sure most of the time when you were MLAs you had places to be and things to do when you were entering or exiting the Legislative Building.
But I’m also sure that, like me, you sometimes took a moment to admire the beauty and ponder the symbolism of the building.
Those statues modelled on Greek and Egyptian gods and goddesses and those proportions taken from the Bible and from Renaissance paintings were planned by the building’s architects as a deliberate way of invoking wisdom, courage, justice and compassion.
Members of your organization, who continue to serve society after their time in politics through volunteer leadership and public education, demonstrate that that architect may have been onto something.
We’re getting closer to the centennial of the opening of the Legislative Building – which of course means we’re also getting closer to the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Province of Manitoba.
The virtues symbolized in our Legislative Building guide us still as we continue to build a better Manitoba – whether in public life or in private life, through our jobs, through our volunteer service or in our families and communities.
Thank you for your service to our province. Merci. Meegwich.