For Immediate Release

July 1st, 2017

Statement by Mayor Crombie Celebrating Canada 150

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, Mississauga joins cities and towns from across our nation to mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, our historic sesquicentennial and the founding of our respected, peaceful and leading country.

“Canada 150 is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our country and our city. As we reflect on our nation’s history, Mississauga encompasses the very best of Canada. Mississauga has grown from farm fields and fruit trees into a vibrant, prosperous and thriving place so many Canadians continue to choose to raise a family, earn a well-paying job and pursue their aspirations.

“Canada’s cities and towns embody the very best of our country – places where all people, no matter faith or ethnicity are safe, have dignity, and can confidently participate in civic life; where residents are welcomed, invited and encouraged to share and celebrate their culture for everyone to experience, appreciate and enjoy.

“Each day I meet with new Canadians and those whose Canadian lineages pre-date Confederation. I meet people of all ages; men and women of different cultures and faiths. In one day, I can find myself bringing greetings in five different languages. And I can say with complete confidence that embracing diversity is the hallmark of a compassionate, confident and thriving community.

“As we look ahead on this momentous sesquicentennial, let us remember the enduring words of Lester B. Pearson – a renowned statesman, who ushered in Canada’s first 100 years, oversaw the adoption of the Maple Leaf flag we proudly fly, and the national anthem we proudly sing.  Prime Minister Pearson asked of his fellow citizens: “How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

“We must respond to these words as a call to action. We must be fearless and relentless in defence of our community, its values and its people. Have ferocious courage to act and overcome intolerance. Be that righteous and just neighbour wherever you are, to whoever you meet. Do your part. Strengthen the social fabric that binds a community together.

“As we look toward our promising future, I encourage all people of our great city and country, to actively do their part, big or small, to help shape Canada’s next 150 years. Dedicate your time, talent and treasure toward safeguarding and elevating the quality of life for all people. Actively work each day to make Mississauga and Canada an even better place to call home.

“Once again, I wish everyone a very happy, safe and memorable Canada Day!”