Government Council of the Canton of Zurich
Words of welcome by the President
Life for the population of the Canton of Zurich is safer and securer now than at any time in the last thirty years or more. People are healthier, fitter and better educated. The
quality of the air has improved compared
with three decades ago, at a time when dying forests were the dominant political
issue. Those problems have given way to other concerns. The strong Swiss franc is a huge challenge for our exporters, and uncertainty on the financial and commodities markets raises questions about the future of our economy. Terrorism is once again an issue on our continent. Events around the movement of refugees in Europe have also created waves in Switzerland’s robust asylum system.
Through all this the Government Council,
alongside its partners in the municipalities
of Zurich, other cantons and the Confederation, is navigating the Canton of Zurich with a steady hand. In my year as President of the Government Council it is my wish that we may proceed from this excellent foundation to perform our duties with modesty and humility, grateful that we are still doing so well amid all the uncertainty that dominates the world.
Mario Fehr, President of the Government Council