Message by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Canada Day
July 1, 2020
Hello, everyone, and happy Canada Day!
Today, we celebrate the amazing place we call home – and the people we share it with. Whether you’re firing up the barbecue or heading outside with the kids, this is a chance to reflect on where we are as a country, and where we’re headed from here.
The last few months have been hard, there’s no question about that. But throughout this pandemic, we’ve been there for one another, because that’s what it means to be Canadian.
We’re neighbours helping neighbours. Small businesses being there for their communities and their staff. Men and women in uniform protecting the most vulnerable. Doctors and nurses keeping our families healthy.
My friends, Canada’s success is because of its people – people like you. People who strive to live up to our shared values of peace, equality, and compassion. People who believe in the strength of our diversity. And people who know that it’s only together that we can build a better country. A country where every senior has a safe place to live. A country where everyone has an equal and fair chance to succeed. A country where we say no to racism, to injustice, to hate. A country where we know our work is never finished.
Because that’s what makes Canada special: not the belief that this is the best country in the world, but the knowledge that we could be.
We can build that country. I know we can. Because no challenge we face will be too great if we face it together.
Today, we celebrate the country we share. And tomorrow, we look to the future and move forward, together.
Happy Canada Day, everyone!