The President of the Canary Islands, in his end-of-year message for 2022, thanked the residents of the Canary Islands for their courage during these last four years, in which “the road has not been easy”. Angel Victor Torres remarked that, despite all that we have lived through, “the Canary Islands is now a more just, more supportive and more sustainable Archipelago”, recognising that we have arrived this far “thanks to the efforts of all of you”.
In his Christmas message, recorded at the Campesino Monument in the municipality of San Bartolomé, Lanzarote, and broadcasted by the regional broadcaster, RTVC, the president praised La Palma and the Canary Islands as a whole for having overcome adversity, and confessed that “I have always admired the temperance and courage of our people.
The head of the regional government said that, with La Palma being rebuilt and the pandemic over, “today we have fewer fears, we can share hugs and we have learned to appreciate what really matters in life, which is life itself”.
In his New Year’s address, the fourth of this legislature, the president said that in 2022 there are signs of recovery that allow for confidence to be maintained, referring to the positive growth forecasts for an economy that has shown clear signs of robustness. As an example, he cited tourism records, which are currently “similar, or even better, than those we had in 2019”.
He also celebrated the substantial improvements in employment and hoped that 2023 would be a year of prosperity for Canary Island families, “a year of more certainty that will allow us to continue adding more people affiliated to Social Security; that will allow us to continue reducing unemployment; to maintain and even improve those figures that have not been recorded for 14 years”, he said.
Angel Victor Torres highlighted some of the most important milestones that have taken place in 2022, which have also been milestones of the legislature, as is the case of the Law on Citizenship Income or the Law on Climate Change, recently passed in the Parliament of the Canary Islands. He stressed that, despite the significant progress that has been made, much remains to be done. But he was confident that “we will do it through unity and with the values that define us as a people, which make us stronger”.
Angel Victor Torres once again thanked the citizens of the Canary Islands for allowing him to reach this moment, “with the doors of the future and hope open to receive 2023 without fear, with optimism, confidence and illusions intact. 2023 belongs to us”. Inasmuch, the President encouraged Canary Islanders to make the most of life “because the best is yet to come”.