This year’s Canada Day celebrations are pretty much nonexistent. Although perhaps his year should be the introspective year. Look at what we’ve accomplished, what we need to work on, and what we want to become.

The generations that came before us have created an economy and social infrastructure that has helped us to weather a pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in 100 years. We are an innovative and intelligent people, with heritages originating from every corner of the planet. What we have built over time is truly unique in the planet and is something that we should be proud of.

At the same time, this year has been one of intense introspection. While we stand tall and proud as Canadians, we can’t afford to not take a good long look in the mirror. We are not perfect. And as much as we have succeeded in building wealth and prosperity for some, not everyone has benefited. Indigenous peoples have not been full partners in the creation of Canada. Racism is still prevalent. These divisions hinder us from continuing in building on this grand project called Canada.

The good news is we are still able to write the future of this country. This pandemic has forced us to reevaluate what kind of country we want to have. A more equitable and fair society in which all are able to contribute in a meaningful and valued way is possible. Admitting a failure in the past does not mean we are destined for failure in the future. It will be hard work, and many painful discussions no doubt, but I believe it will be worth it.

I don’t know what the future will look like. Right now it is easy to give in to despair and depression. As we all know, however, anything worth having is hard work. Big challenges await us, no doubt about it. If there has ever been a universal lesson to be learned about Canadians, its that we never back down from a challenge.

So here’s to you Canada, the best is yet to come!

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