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A message from PC Party President, Eugene Manning
"It is the responsibility of all of us to take ownership of this, and of our actions. It is how we’ll protect ourselves, our loved ones, and ultimately defeat this virus."
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A message from the President

 

Dear fellow Progressive Conservatives:
 
As you may have heard, the Executive Committee of the Party last week announced that we were suspending preparations and planning for our upcoming Special General Meeting. Given the unprecedented health crisis that we are presently facing, we felt it necessary and prudent for our attention and care to be elsewhere, as I’m sure your priorities are as well.
 
When even I fail to be interested in the back and forth of everyday political conversations, it is clear that things are not “normal”. At the present time, it is important to listen to our public health officials and obey their guidance and instruction. It is the responsibility of all of us to take ownership of this, and of our actions. It is how we’ll protect ourselves, our loved ones, and ultimately defeat this virus.
 
That said, and for what it’s worth, while it is our responsibility to remain vigilant please know that you are not alone in your feelings of economic and societal uncertainty at this time. From the personal financial uncertainty of the next few weeks to the larger questions over the next few months, many, myself included, share your concern. And know this. It’s ok to ask for help. Independent of pride or philosophy, there is no stigma in reaching out to help yourself get through this challenging period. We are in this together. I know the provincial government has, on their website, listed many mental health resources to help you through this difficult time. Financially, I’d suggest you review and avail of the many programs for which you qualify and are on offer, so we as a province and people can be ready to jumpstart our economy when the conditions allow.
 
As for politics, as we re-orient ourselves to this “new normal”, there are questions of generational impact with which we’ll face in the coming weeks and months. It is not hyperbole to say the very sustainability of our province may be at stake. While your family and health are paramount right now, I’d suggest you take the time to reflect on our great ability to face this immediate uncertainty, and in that view of strength and community that we reflect on the challenges and sacrifices to come, and our unwavering ability to face whatever obstacles may lay ahead.
 
Stay home. Stay safe. We’ll get through this.
 
Eugene G. Manning
 
President

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