Quick Canada Day message

Just finished a citizenship ceremony at City Hall.  49 new Canadians took their oaths today, in the Council chambers.  It sometimes takes people from outside to help us appreciate what we’ve got; while there is something Canadian about seeing the glass as half empty, the rest of the world knows that we have much to be thankful for.   Canada on its birthday in 2014 is peaceful, prosperous, and progressive.  The fact that prosperity and progress is not shared by all should drive us all to work harder for a “more just society”; but on this day let’s also all remember just how lucky we are to live in the greatest country in the world.  This is a wonderful day; I will be spending the rest of it with my family in downtown Barrie, and on the waterfront for fireworks tonight.  I hope you enjoy your Canada Day with family and friends and that we remember some of the pride we feel today every day for the rest of the year.