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Happy Canada Day


“Providence being their guide, they builded better than they knew.”

This is the quote contained on a commemorative plaque in the halls of Province House in Charlottetown where the first meeting to discuss the Canadian confederation was held. This weekend we will mark the 150th anniversary of the fulfilment of their dream and celebrate the greatness of that dream.
This Canada Day weekend is a time for reflection and for celebration. Communities across the country will be gathering for special events to mark this milestone of history with parades, parties, and of course, flag raisings and the singing of O Canada.
As we don our red and white, and join the celebrations, I hope we will also take acknowledge the great gift history and geography have given us in this country we call home, and commit ourselves to making it even greater in the future.
One hundred and fifty years might seem like a long time but in terms of nations, it is very short indeed. In those 150 years, Canada has gone from the union of several thinly populated colonies scattered across half a continent to a world class power recognized around the world for its commitments to peace, inclusiveness, and human rights. We are considered by many as the honest brokers of the world.
A few days ago, I was listening to a radio call in show on the topic of the greatest moments of Canadian history in those 150 years. It was fascinating to hear ordinary Canadians acknowledging the many extraordinary events and people which have shaped our country and our world.
As we celebrate Canada 150 this weekend, let's make sure we tell our stories; the stories of our families and of our communities. As we remember our past, we are guided into our future.
Happy Canada Day!

Frank Likely is a retired Anglican minister and past president of the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce.
 

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