The citizens of Courtenay have chosen their municipal government, enabled by their freedoms of speech, expression and assembly, informed by a free and independent press, and conducted by a secret ballot. This process, of which I am proud to have played my part, is democratically sound and I fully respect the outcome. It has been my privilege to serve.
I congratulate Mayor Jangula on his re-election, after a hard-fought campaign, and I also congratulate Councillors Frisch, Theos, Lennox, Hillian, Wells and Eriksson who will join him in the Council Chambers. Their work will not be easy: I wish them every success as they make decisions on myriad issues. I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank my supporters. This includes my campaign team: their passion, energy and commitment were awe-inspiring. Also, I would like to thank those seven private citizens that contributed money to my campaign. I must also thank Scotia Bank and Billy D`s, both located on Fifth Street, for their hospitality in permitting me to use their spaces for campaign events. As I cease my duty as an elected official I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the staff of both the City of Courtenay and the CVRD. Their complex work is largely unrecognized and all too often unappreciated: any success I had as an elected official was based to a great extent on their work. Finally, I would like to thank all the citizens that voted for me: your faith in my ability to lead the City of Courtenay is a tremendous compliment, for which I sincerely thank you.