Happy 146th Birthday Canada!

Today is Canada Day. More than just a holiday or a day off from work, it's an opportunity to reflect what it means to be a Canadian.

When my mother left Greece in the 1950s in search of a better life, she considered moving to either Australia or Canada. While I'm sure that Australia is a wonderful place, I'm glad she chose Canada.

We're blessed to live in a free country, whose citizens are tolerant and where multiculturalism is embraced. Rich in natural resources and situated next door to the world's richest economy, we have advantages that are the envy of much of the world. We're also quick to adapt to technological change, which has made us more connected to each other within Canada, while also being confident global citizens.

While we should not be complacent, and indeed there are many things in Canada that can be improved (e.g. a lower tax burden, better treatment of First Nations), we should be thankful to past generations that they've done so many good things to get us to where we are today. As my generation takes a leadership role, we should focus on ensuring that we continue to create opportunities for following generations.

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