Happy Canada Day!

July 7, 2015

Canada Day is a celebration of all that is great about our country. It honours our past, our present and our future. I am proud to celebrate Canada’s rich history, diverse natural and cultural heritage, strong values and many accomplishments.

Canada’s history is filled with notable figures whose legacy has enriched the Canadian and global community. Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone changed the way the world communicates forever.

Harriet Tubman’s courage and determination helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom in Canada along the Underground Railroad. Nellie McClung’s leadership paved the way for equality for women in Canada.

Terry Fox’s inspiring cross-Canada run continues to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Sir Frederick Banting discovered insulin and in the process saved and improved the lives of millions around the globe.

Canada’s men and women in uniform have courageously fought tyranny and evil around the world throughout our history – and continue to do so until this very day. And, every day, hard-working and generous Canadians contribute to the Canadian experience.

The Fathers of Confederation, led by Sir John A. Macdonald, founded our great country with a vision for a united and prosperous Canada, and 148 years later Canada stands on the world stage as a nation strong and free. Canada’s future is bright.

Like everyone else in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, my celebration of Canada Day was rather ‘damp.’ It began at 8:30 am with a free breakfast for 300 seniors hosted by the Cornwall Canada Day Committee at the Cornwall Legion. I then joined my colleagues, Warden Eric Duncan a‎nd MPP Jim McDonell, on our regular visit to Canada Day festivities throughout the riding.

We began with the opening ceremonies at noon at Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, went on to the Lost Villages, Iroquois Point, and the South Mountain Fairgrounds. It was then back to Cornwall ‎for the evening, and a beautiful fireworks display at dusk.

With the unpredictable weather, events were postponed in some communities, and we had the pleasure of attending celebrations over the weekend in Morrisburg and Long Sault.

It is interesting to note that every event we attended was organized by community volunteers and funded largely by local businesses and service clubs. This is another reason I am so proud to serve as the Member of Parliament for the most patriotic riding in Canada.

I hope you enjoyed a‎ Happy Canada Day!