Posted on May 19, 2016

Member's Statement: Pipeliner's Daughter

On May 19, 2016, I delivered a Member's Statement about growing up as a pipeliner's daughter.

Mr. Speaker,

My thoughts are with all of the families and children affected by the wildfires right now.

I am the proud daughter of an Albertan pipeliner, and boilermaker. I have been to, and lived in, almost every corner of our great province, and indeed western Canada, as we followed the work. We followed the Trans Canada pipeline into Ontario, we learned about shut downs at Sheerness, Genesee, and Fort McMurray. We watched pipelines being built, wrapped and put in the ground as far north as Fort St. John, B.C. I learned at an early age to never look at the arc and to appreciate the smell of burnt metal because it meant my dad was home.

My mother was a wife in the oil patch, she went to concerts, games and almost every one of her children’s activities by herself and then wrote weekly letters to my dad about them. That takes enormous strength of character and determination.

We were raised to recognize the value of the times when our dad could be there, but also fear them. We feared the times we were together as a family because it might mean there was no paycheck. Spring always meant that as the grass was growing, so were the stockpiles of bread and bags of milk in our freezer. We had a 20 cubic foot freezer to accommodate spring break up, and shelves of goods that my mom preserved to get us through those lean times.

Mr. Speaker, I also remember the recession of the ‘80’s and again in the ‘90’s. The boom and the bust oil economy affected every Albertan, none more so than families dependent on the industry. Long wait times when I broke my arm, class sizes that just got bigger, and the incredible stress on families.

My father was one of those suggested retirees last spring in Fort Mac, and he supports our government because it’s the right thing to do. This is why I support diversification within our Energy industry and our economy. This is why I support education and health care, this is why I ran, and this is why I am proud to be part of this government.

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