Edmonton-Centre Newsletter Winter 2017

I am delighted to share with you the details of the recent work I've been doing in Edmonton-Centre over the past six months since my last newsletter.

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Posted on May 8, 2017

An Ode to the Oilers (because a bet is a bet)

I don't get much time to write songs these days, but it was a pleasure to compose an Ode to the Oilers for Minister Ceci to read in the Legislature after losing a bet with Premier Notley as to whether the Oilers or the Flames would get further in the 2017 NHL Playoffs.

Looking forward to Game 7!

An Ode to the Oilers (because a bet is a bet):

I stand today to pay a debt
As often requested by Strathmore-Brooks
And though not the ones of which he dreams...
What I say here will balance books

Because in April’s early days
When Flames and Oilers fans both grinned
I bet the Premier that the Flames
Would be the ones to last and win

And so we watched with bated breath
As players passed and took their shots
But when the first round was laid to rest
The Oilers prevailed but we did not

Our hopes, they sputtered and went out
As our team lost in four straight games
Now our golf courses call 9-1-1
To report they’re overrun with Flames

And so I stand here to confess
Before the Speaker and the Queen
That Alberta’s greatest honours belong
To the Oilers in twenty-seventeen.

And for sports fan aching for a fix
Of top-notch sport and playing sublime
The Oilers alone can scratch that itch
The right team, in the right place, at the right time.

And to my colleagues in this House,
I raise my voice and clearly state,
As Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board,
That beer is good, but the Oilers are great.