June 21, 2012
Canada Day Celebrations
July 1st is a truly special day, where family and friends join together in commemorating and celebrating the birth of this great country we know as Canada.
As we celebrate our country’s 145th birthday, let’s also recognize other milestones we’ll achieve in 2012.
This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812 – an event which helped shape our independence and freedom as a nation. As we remember our history, this is also a time to honour the service and accomplishments of our men and women in uniform. They serve our country despite risk and hardship, despite time away from home, in conflicts like Afghanistan and on countless humanitarian missions. They protect our country and uphold our values.
It’s also Her Majesty the Queen of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now served Canada for an incredible six decades, a symbol of continuity and perseverance. The Jubilee has been marked by a Royal Tour of Canada by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. I look forward to presenting the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal to 30 of my constituents this fall.
As well, I wish the best of luck to all Canadian athletes participating in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The world will be watching as our home-grown talent displays the truest definition of hard work, dedication and national pride.
No matter how you celebrate Canada Day, I encourage you to reflect on how blessed we are to call this great country our home.
Happy Canada Day.
Leon E. Benoit, M.P.