Happy Canada DayPublished on July 01, 2020
This Canada Day will be my third as your Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland – Peterborough South. It was a privilege to celebrate with you all last year and have the chance to participate in so many events and parades across the riding. Unfortunately, this Canada Day will be much different from any in recent memory.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed the greatest challenge Canada has faced in many of our lifetimes. It has claimed thousands of lives, challenged our healthcare and long-term care systems, disrupted domestic and global economies, and forced us all to alter the course of our daily lives.
The typical Canada Day festivities are yet another casualty of COVID-19, and I know how disappointing that is for everyone.
Despite these challenges, I am so proud of how we have faced COVID-19 together. While we are by no means out of the woods yet, our government has been able to start safely and prudently reopening the province, thanks in large part to your sacrifice, patience and diligence in observing public health guidelines. You have also shown incredible concern for your family, friends and neighbours, and the local organizations and businesses that make up our communities. We must continue to support each other moving forward, just as we have these last few months.
I would also like to thank everyone who has provided me with their input, either through the many town halls and economic sector consultations I have held, or by reaching out to me or my office directly.
As your elected representative, I always value the chance to hear about your experiences, needs, and ideas, as they are crucial to informing the work of our government. Because of COVID-19 this information is more important than ever, as we look to respond to an ever-changing and unprecedented situation.
I am here to serve you, and I am honoured to do so each and every day.
Even though our usual Canada Day events have been canceled, I know we can still carry on the spirit of the occasion in our own small groups and in our own way.
Though we cannot all gather together, on July 1st let us collectively reflect on how blessed we are to be Canadians, and recommit to continue building the country that makes us proud.