CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Kum Koon Garden
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Friends, Manitobans, members and supporters of two great community organizations, it’s a pleasure to join you tonight in celebrating a new year.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

Tonight, we are carrying on a Winnipeg tradition of Chinese New Year banquets here in Chinatown, right in the heart of the city.

Many of you may have had family dinners earlier this week to celebrate the actual beginning of the New Year. Tonight’s banquet isn’t just a second helping of dinner and celebration – it’s a way of expanding everybody’s family.

As we share this special meal, enjoy the wonderful entertainment and exchange good wishes for the year ahead, we all become a little closer.

We are united in tonight in hoping for a new year of health, happiness and prosperity. We are united in thinking of family members who are not with us. And this being Winnipeg in February, we are united in looking forward to the end of shoveling snow and plugging in our cars.

Feelings of family and community that warm us tonight will do more than just get us through the remaining weeks of winter.

Those feelings will inspire us to make our communities healthier and more vibrant throughout the year ahead – just as the organizations co-hosting tonight’s banquet have done for decades.

I wish you all a happy new year and I thank the Winnipeg Chinatown Development Corporation and the Manitoba Chinese Benevolent Association for all that they do to support this community, this city and Manitoba.

Happy New Year! Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.