In a message delivered by Prime Minister Lester Pearson 50 years ago, he wrote “Every one of you, and every Canadian before you, has had some part, however humble and unsung, in building the magnificent national structure of Confederation that we honour and salute today.”
TORONTO Member of Parliament ARNOLD CHAN, who has been battling Nasopharyngeal Cancer since 2014, recently stood up in the House of Commons and delivered a 20-minute emotional speech to fellow members.
“It is the basic common civility we share with each other that is fundamental,” he said. “It is giving way to someone on the road. It is saying thanks. It is the small things we collectively do, from my perspective that makes a great society, and to me, that is ultimately what it means to be a Canadian.
“I would ask Members of Parliament to carry on that tradition because that is the foundation of what makes Canada great. My advice is simple. We should use our heads, but follow our hearts.”
Read Amanda Taub’s June 27th column from the New York Times headlined ‘Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave’ – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/world/canada/canadas-secret-to-resisting-the-wests-populist-wave.html