This year is of special significance as we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of Canada and all Commonwealth Realms. With 60 years of experience on the throne, Her Majesty has been a steward for her subjects and one of the greatest role models for public service the world has ever known—one that I hope myself and other public leaders can aspire.
As a Member of Provincial Parliament, I am truly privileged for the opportunity to serve the people of this province. Today, I want to honour the genuine contributions of men and women in fostering the lasting betterment of local communities, our province and country. It is truly the people that define a country—not the other way around, and I am proud to share in today’s events to celebrate their service.
As a founding province of Confederation, the first of July is a particularly special occasion in Ontario. Our province’s place in Canada’s history is defined by the national heroes and leaders who held a vision to build a young country, with a scarce population, into an unrivalled and respected nation united from sea, to sea, to sea.
Our storied history and promising future were achieved in no small part by the contributions made by waves of new Canadians who chose our country to start over, build a better future for their families and contribute to the strength of a thriving nation.
And as the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces bravely defend Canadian values throughout the world, we must pause to honour their service, and never take for granted how fortunate we are to live in one of the freest, most secure and successful countries in the world.
For these reasons, we are truly blessed to call Canada home. On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I want to wish all Ontarians a memorable and happy Canada Day.
Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario