HONOLULU — Canada’s 150th birthday is a reminder of the country’s independence and its commitment to freedom, democracy and social justice.
And in some ways, the celebration is even more important than the centennial celebration of Canada’s first constitution.
“This is a time when we have to talk about the future of our country,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding that a national celebration is “the only way to make sure that Canadians can get ahead in life.”
“Our nation is on the cusp of another milestone, and we are proud to celebrate the anniversary with the country we’ve always known and loved,” he said.
The anniversary celebration is also a chance to reflect on Canada’s role in the world.
In his first 100 days, Trudeau has pledged to “reinvent the rule of law” to “strengthen the rule-of-law system” and improve Canada’s economic prospects.
Trudeau said he’s “very proud” of the accomplishments of the Trudeau government, including the appointment of former Supreme Court Justice Peter MacKay as the countrys chief economic adviser and the appointment as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Ahead of the celebrations, Trudeau promised the nation would continue to “fight for fairness, for justice and for equality for all Canadians.”
“We will continue to champion human rights, for the rule to be respected and for women and girls to be able to participate fully in our democracy,” he added.
We will also continue to fight for justice, for equality and for fairness for all women and children,” Trudeau said.