Across the country, people joined together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada. Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the British North America (BNA) Act on March 28, 1867. This gave birth to the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago on July 1, 1867. At that time, four provinces were part of the confederation – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.
Sir John A. MacDonald was the first Prime Minister of Canada. From 1882 to1887, he represented Carleton, a riding that included most of today’s electoral district of Carleton, in the Parliament of Canada.
On July 1, 2017, in communities from coast to coast to coast, Canadians celebrated the great country that we call home. Many took the opportunity to reflect on what makes Canada a great place to live. Freedom, opportunity through education and individual effort, respect of our differences, compassion and caring for others, rule of law and the right to own property were some of the attributes that were noted.
It was a busy day across the Carleton electoral district with families, friends, neighbours and visitors celebrating Canada Day together. Our Member of Parliament, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, joined the celebrations in a number of local communities including Stittsville, Riverside South, Osgoode, Manotick and Greely. He reminded constituents that the BNA Act that was passed 150 years ago entrenched the freedoms we enjoy today into the Canadian legal framework.
Let’s not forget how fortunate we are to live in Canada. Let’s work together to make sure Canada stands strong and free.