Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on Canada Day:

“Every day, I am inspired by Canada.

“Our country is known worldwide as a land of compassion, tolerance, and opportunity. We are recognized as a hospitable nation that invites people from all walks of life, and that works to uplift those who are suffering.

“For many years, the Maple Leaf has served as a symbol of hope and light to the world. Ours is a country of peace, freedom and democracy. Today, we honour the history of Canada and celebrate these foundational values. We take pride in our heritage, and in the incredible natural wonders that serve as symbols of Canada’s greatness.

“But most of all, I am constantly inspired by Canadians themselves. Canadians are kind, welcoming, compassionate and generous. They are hard-working and resourceful. We meet the challenges facing our country with determination and resilience.

“Even when we disagree, Canadians know when to put aside our differences for the good of our country. We know that when we are united, Canada thrives.

“Today, I encourage all Canadians to take time to reflect on the immense blessing it is to live in Canada. I urge everyone to recommit to the defense of our values and our freedoms and to take joy in all that Canada has to offer.

“Happy Canada Day!”