By David Sweet
Canada Day is the one time of year when we as Canadians can be unabashedly patriotic. While we may have a reputation for being hard-working, cold-resistant, yet humble people, it is important to take one day annually to celebrate what makes Canada and what makes it great.
Each Canada Day, Almut and I travel to all corners of the area to celebrate with you and your families. This year was no exception. We helped ring in the 147th birthday of our nation at the annual Rotary Club of Dundas Pancake Breakfast in the Dundas Driving Park, Lynden Canada Day Parade, Greensville Optimist’s Canada Day Picnic in the Park and the Oh Canada Ribfest in Waterdown.
I want to recognize and thank the Rotary Club of Dundas, the Greensville Optimists, the Lynden Parade organizers and the Rotary Clubs of Flamborough and Waterdown for putting on these great events. They take a lot of work, but are so important to the community and expressing our pride as Canadians.
A highlight for me was the citizenship ceremony that took place in Waterdown on Canada Day. It was a very fitting reminder on Canada Day of what it means to be a Canadian and to watch with pride and emotion as these new Canadians took the oath of citizenship.
While there’s so much to see and do in Canada, if your summer plans include any international travel, I recommend you check out www.travel.gc.ca for the Government of Canada’s traveller’s checklist and tips.
This website has up-to-date information on travel advisories, vaccinations, visa requirements, emergency contacts and more. Two handy tools are an Emergency Contact Card with coordinates on how to reach the Canadian government office in your destination country, as well as the Registration of Canadians Abroad service. It takes only a few minutes to register through the web portal www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration but it will give the Department of Foreign Affairs the information to contact you quickly if there is an emergency in your travel region and you need to access consular services.
Whether you plan to stay local or travel afar, Almut and I offer our best wishes for a safe, enjoyable summer.
— David Sweet is the Conservative MP for Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale.