Today is Canada day, and I am a proud Canadian. I recognize how lucky I am to have been born into such a prosperous and just nation. I am overwhelmed with pride when I think about the opportunities provided to be simply by virtue of the country I was born in.
While Canada is an open country, welcoming immigrants from all over the world who seek a better life, I have never had to struggle for that better life. I was born into a country that despite having a population of only 33,000,000 people is the world’s 9th largest economy. The world’s tenth largest, Brazil, has almost six times as many citizens. Canadian governments have been producing surplus budgets and paying down debt for a solid decade which will ensure an even more prosperous future for the next generation.
No Canadian ever has to fear that getting sick will ruin them financially, They know their health will be taken care of regardless of income, and their fate will never be decided at the whim of an insurance company.
Every man, woman and child that was born here, and every immigrant who becomes Canadian, has the right to be whatever they want to be, the right to live wherever they want to live, the right to travel wherever they want to travel, and the right to own whatever they want to own.