COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: A privilege to hold Canada Day barbecue

Opinion Jun 27, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Not so long ago, we defined ourselves as Canadians by how we differed from Americans. For example, it was accepted as a truism that we were far more reluctant to be outwardly patriotic, eschewing the brash, flag-waving patriotism of our neighbours south of the border.

But things have changed. Our Canadian sense of national pride now has its own, in-your-face swagger.

We seize on the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and those of our ancestors. We tell our story through music, art, poetry and song.

And we do have a marvellous story to tell. It’s a story that involves every one of us. There are 30 million Canadians, and together, we are writing the great story that is Canada.

That’s why we get together on Canada Day. We celebrate each other and our unique contributions to our country. We celebrate our neighbours and friends. We celebrate those who have chosen to make Canada their home.

We celebrate those who have served our country abroad. And we celebrate the country we have built together – a country that is founded on equality, diversity and social justice.

As someone who came here as an immigrant and became Canadian by choice, not by birth, I couldn’t be more appreciative of everything this country has to offer.

It is truly impossible for me to imagine my life had my parents not had the courage to move our family to Canada. And I am thankful for it every single day.

That’s why it has been such a privilege to host a community barbecue and concert every year since I was elected. Wednesday will be my 10th annual Canada Day celebration.

It’s a family-friendly event, because Canadians of all ages are sharing in, and building upon, the common history that is ours as Canada.

If you’ve never joined us, I hope you will this year. It’s from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mountain Drive Park, on Concession at Upper Gage.

There’ll be face-painting and games for the kids. Sonny Del Rio’s music will keep the park rocking. And proceeds from the barbecue will go right back into the community by supporting the United Way.

Above all, it’s an opportunity to connect with neighbours and friends as we celebrate the best country in the world, and join together to wish Canada a very happy 148th birthday.

See you at the park!

Chris Charlton is the MP for Hamilton Mountain..

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: A privilege to hold Canada Day barbecue

Opinion Jun 27, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Not so long ago, we defined ourselves as Canadians by how we differed from Americans. For example, it was accepted as a truism that we were far more reluctant to be outwardly patriotic, eschewing the brash, flag-waving patriotism of our neighbours south of the border.

But things have changed. Our Canadian sense of national pride now has its own, in-your-face swagger.

We seize on the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and those of our ancestors. We tell our story through music, art, poetry and song.

And we do have a marvellous story to tell. It’s a story that involves every one of us. There are 30 million Canadians, and together, we are writing the great story that is Canada.

That’s why we get together on Canada Day. We celebrate each other and our unique contributions to our country. We celebrate our neighbours and friends. We celebrate those who have chosen to make Canada their home.

We celebrate those who have served our country abroad. And we celebrate the country we have built together – a country that is founded on equality, diversity and social justice.

As someone who came here as an immigrant and became Canadian by choice, not by birth, I couldn’t be more appreciative of everything this country has to offer.

It is truly impossible for me to imagine my life had my parents not had the courage to move our family to Canada. And I am thankful for it every single day.

That’s why it has been such a privilege to host a community barbecue and concert every year since I was elected. Wednesday will be my 10th annual Canada Day celebration.

It’s a family-friendly event, because Canadians of all ages are sharing in, and building upon, the common history that is ours as Canada.

If you’ve never joined us, I hope you will this year. It’s from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mountain Drive Park, on Concession at Upper Gage.

There’ll be face-painting and games for the kids. Sonny Del Rio’s music will keep the park rocking. And proceeds from the barbecue will go right back into the community by supporting the United Way.

Above all, it’s an opportunity to connect with neighbours and friends as we celebrate the best country in the world, and join together to wish Canada a very happy 148th birthday.

See you at the park!

Chris Charlton is the MP for Hamilton Mountain..

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: A privilege to hold Canada Day barbecue

Opinion Jun 27, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Not so long ago, we defined ourselves as Canadians by how we differed from Americans. For example, it was accepted as a truism that we were far more reluctant to be outwardly patriotic, eschewing the brash, flag-waving patriotism of our neighbours south of the border.

But things have changed. Our Canadian sense of national pride now has its own, in-your-face swagger.

We seize on the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and those of our ancestors. We tell our story through music, art, poetry and song.

And we do have a marvellous story to tell. It’s a story that involves every one of us. There are 30 million Canadians, and together, we are writing the great story that is Canada.

That’s why we get together on Canada Day. We celebrate each other and our unique contributions to our country. We celebrate our neighbours and friends. We celebrate those who have chosen to make Canada their home.

We celebrate those who have served our country abroad. And we celebrate the country we have built together – a country that is founded on equality, diversity and social justice.

As someone who came here as an immigrant and became Canadian by choice, not by birth, I couldn’t be more appreciative of everything this country has to offer.

It is truly impossible for me to imagine my life had my parents not had the courage to move our family to Canada. And I am thankful for it every single day.

That’s why it has been such a privilege to host a community barbecue and concert every year since I was elected. Wednesday will be my 10th annual Canada Day celebration.

It’s a family-friendly event, because Canadians of all ages are sharing in, and building upon, the common history that is ours as Canada.

If you’ve never joined us, I hope you will this year. It’s from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mountain Drive Park, on Concession at Upper Gage.

There’ll be face-painting and games for the kids. Sonny Del Rio’s music will keep the park rocking. And proceeds from the barbecue will go right back into the community by supporting the United Way.

Above all, it’s an opportunity to connect with neighbours and friends as we celebrate the best country in the world, and join together to wish Canada a very happy 148th birthday.

See you at the park!

Chris Charlton is the MP for Hamilton Mountain..

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.