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Premier visits Langley graduating classes

Premier visited two high schools and talked to Grade 12s

B.C. Premier David Eby made a surprise trip to Langley on Friday, June 14 to visit graduating students at two local high schools.

At Brookswood Secondary, students were putting on their caps and gowns for their annual grad walk, a local tradition of visiting their old elementary schools to say hi to teachers, staff, and younger students.

Just before they headed out, they got a send-off from Eby, along with Langley MLA Andrew Mercier.

“You are an incredibly unique graduating class, that you have lived through a global pandemic,” said Eby. “That shaped your high school experience. So, I want to say congratulations for making it, you went through some really tough times, and thank you for hanging in there.”

He mentioned challenges like climate change, global instability, and an aging world population that their generation will have to face.

“The whole world is getting older and there is an international competition for you, for your skills, and for what you are going to bring to the world," Eby said.

“You’re going to be shaping our province and our world for many years to come,” he added.

A number of students took the opportunity to get a selfie with the premier on their way outside.

Later in the morning, Eby stopped at Walnut Grove secondary to meet a group of grads. This group got a chance for a question and answer session with the premier, who this time was visiting with Langley East MLA Megan Dykeman.

He fielded questions on affordable housing, education, and electoral reform.

“What I really wanted to do was to hear from you. I understand that you have some questions and I’d like to hear what you’re interested in and what you’re wondering about,” Eby told the students.

He learned the Walnut Grove Gators "gator chomp" and again posed for photos with the students.