For Canada Day, I thought I’d let you know what everyone is saying.
From Her Excellency:
This year, we are celebrating Canada’s 142nd birthday. I would like to take this festive opportunity to highlight the extraordinary contribution that young Canadians are making to the vitality of our country.
In every city and every community, from Moncton to Fort Simpson, Rankin Inlet to Montréal, Vancouver to Trois-Rivières, young people are redefining our world in a spirit of greater solidarity. Here at home and abroad, they are demonstrating compassion, protecting the common good, and working together.
Their actions are rooted in a place, a community, but reach much farther in the hope of creating a greater global awareness. They are easing tensions in some of our urban neighbourhoods. They are inventing new languages to express who we are. They are defending our ideal of justice, equality and freedom, at times risking their lives to do so. They are encouraging others to excel, as the world’s youth will demonstrate at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held in February and March of next year.
These youth, whom we relegate far too often to the future, as though they have nothing to offer the present, are in fact, day after day, our most powerful antidote against inaction and indifference. So let us salute our youth and stand not behind them, nor in front of them, but with them in our shared desire to explore every possibility between us and in each of our lives. Through them, we will come to embody, within our borders and beyond, the Canada we still dream about, whose full potential we hope one day to realize.
Happy birthday, Canada!
Prime Minister Harper’s message:
Michael Ignatieff’s message:
Jack Layton didn’t offer up a message, other than a press release to say that he was spending Canada Day in his riding:
Communities large and small, from coast-to-coast-to-coast, families and friends are gathering together to celebrate this great country we share. I am proud to be spending the day in my community, with my constituents. No matter how many Canada Days you’ve observed it is always special to honour this great country.
(The NDP are otherwise worried about flag pins – again).
Happy Canada Day!