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.

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.

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