Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 151st Birthday for our great nation.
I would like to acknowledge MPPs, MPs and my council colleagues in attendance here today.
This is a day where Brampton residents come together to share our national pride, community spirit, and reflect on how fortunate we are to live in one of the greatest countries in the world.
You could be celebrating anywhere, but you chose to bring your family and friends to our wonderful city and a place that we are most proud of.
I want to thank event sponsors: Telus, TD, Tim Horton’s, RBC, Brampton Auto Mall and the Bramalea City Centre.
And a big thank you to our City staff for helping to organize today’s event.
When I got up this morning I read the editorial in the Toronto Star – and I wanted to share with you what it said and something I think we are all feeling.
The editorial spoke about the recent verbal attacks by the U.S. President in the media on our Prime Minister, our economy and our country and how his words have prompted us to recall what it is that makes us gratefully different; what makes us modestly special; what makes us who we are.
I was proud that Canadian leaders of all stripes opted to stand together, it prompted a rare unity despite political differences.
Recently the polling company Ipsos found Canada to be the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world when it comes to who is accepted as a real Canadian.
Inclusivity and diversity are what makes Canada and Brampton great! Brampton is one of the most diverse cities of Canada – we are the ninth largest city and the second fastest growing city in Canada. Diversity is also in what we bring to the community – hard work, active living, enterprise, innovation all supported by a strong community spirit.
Indigenous people have been here for over 15,000 years, and we must recognize this fact as we celebrate the birth of modern Canada today.
Use today as a time to learn and reflect on indigenous history, so that we all may better appreciate how we got to where we are today.
Be sure to stick around for this evening’s great Main Stage entertainment lineup! At 10 p.m. Canada Day celebrations will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.
Thank you being here today – Happy Canada Day Brampton!