On Canada Day we have the opportunity to celebrate more than Canada's birthday. We also have the opportunity to talk about what we as Canadians have accomplished and what our vision is for the future.
As I attended Canada Day celebrations in Flin Flon and Thompson my message was clear. As Canadians we can build a unique vision for the world and here in Northern Manitoba we can be a major part of that Canadian vision.
We have built a country that has become the envy of many in the world. We have one of the wealthiest economies in the world and we are often recognized as having one of the best qualities of life in the world. Our focus on health and education is a key part of this.
We have always been well known for the beauty and diversity of our natural environment. Increasingly we have been recognized for the diversity of our population. We have been seen as a model of multiculturalism tolerance and democracy.
Canada is often seen as a beacon of hope for the world.
Here in Northern Manitoba we are building our own version of the Canadian vision that is bringing together aboriginal and Northern people in new partnerships that build on our diversity and our unique connection to our environment.
We have much more to do to build the Canadian vision. I have often said we must continue to work to ensure we have social and economic justice for all. Here in Northern Manitoba that starts with getting back some of the wealth we generate for this country.
As we celebrate Canada's 142nd birthday we can be truly proud of our achievements as Canadians. We can rededicate ourselves to building a country that provides a vision of hope for the world.