The Speaker: Welcome.
The hon. Member for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.
Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It’s a very special day for me today. I’m pleased to introduce to you and through you to all members of the Assembly some of the VIPs in my life: my mother, Valerie Cote, who was, you know, contrary to what people might think, the first NDP member in our family and a great inspiration for me; my stepfather, Alvin Brockman, who is an all-around great guy, and it’s wonderful to have him here; my sister, Andrea Piquette, who is a surprise guest for me today and is welcome. You know, it really means a lot to me that my family is able to be in the House today. They have been tremendously supportive, and I certainly wouldn’t be anywhere close to this place without their help.
I would also like to introduce Vanessa Goodman and Tammy Forbes. Vanessa is the manager of external relations for the North West Redwater Partnership, which is the subject of my member’s statement later today. With her is Tammy Forbes. She is the director of strategic communications for Women Building Futures, which is a key labour force contributor to the partnership. I see they’ve already risen, so I would be, you know, really thankful if all the members would give a very warm welcome to them.