STATEMENT FROM THE HON. DR. K. KELLIE LEITCH, P.C., O.ONT., M.P.
Today Canadians from across the country will celebrate the birth of our great nation. As Canada marks its 147th birthday, we should all take the time to celebrate our past and present, while looking ahead to our future.
Almost one hundred and fifty years ago, the Fathers of our Confederation would come together and discuss the creation of our great country at the Charlottetown Conference. We can proudly say that through years of hard work and sacrifice, their great national dream has come to be.
Today, as we celebrate with family and loved ones, let us recognize Canada’s rich history, tremendous natural and cultural heritage, strong values and sense of purpose.
Canada truly is the True North, strong and free. We have inherited this legacy from the incredible sacrifices and determination of those who have gone before us. Throughout our history, Canada’s men and women in uniform have fought tyranny and opposed injustice around the world, doing what is right, and standing for what is principled.
This year marks a special occasion for our nation’s military, as we commemorate the centennial of the beginning of the First World War, as well as the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second. Canadians made incredible contributions during these important chapters in world history. This occasion serves a unique opportunity to celebrate Canada’s proud military history and to honour all those who served.
These values were no more on display than during the recent severe weather that struck the communities of Angus and New Tecumseth. Out of the damage we saw neighbours helping neighbours, doing whatever they could to help those affected.
Every day Canadians across the country contribute to Canada’s great legacy, as together we uphold and promote Canadian values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law at home, and abroad.
On behalf of my family to yours, have a wonderful Canada Day.