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Member Statement (17 March 2009)

From Hansard - 17 March 2009

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Canadian Oval Sled Dog Championship Derby

Ms. Wilson: —Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 13th annual Canadian Oval Sled Dog Championship Derby sponsored by the Candle Lake oval sled dogs. The event was held at Minowukaw Beach at Candle Lake.

Like last year, I had the pleasure of racing as a dignitary. It was a lot of fun holding on to the sleigh, and I recommend it to all members if they have not had the experience. It’s a very healthy sport that allows you to take in the great outdoors at the same time. It was a close one, but I tied Candle Lake Mayor Nick Toporowski in the celebrity two-dog race. Those hard-working dogs are amazing athletes, and I was lucky to have the chance to spend this weekend with them, despite the blizzard conditions.

I would like to thank renowned sled dog musher and dog breeder Jim Tomkins of Christopher Lake who helped organize the event. Big thanks also goes out to Stewart and Louise Elliot who are two of the volunteers that help make this such a successful event. We enjoyed the banquet of stew and biscuits prepared by Minowukaw Lodge. And I can’t wait for the opportunity to defend my title again next year. So, mush. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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