An invitation from Mrs. Laureen Harper, Honorary Campaign Chair
I know where I’ll be on July first this year – right here on Parliament Hill, helping to throw a birthday party for a nation. Yes, a birthday party! Canada Day is not just a long weekend, or the official kickoff to summer, or a great night for fireworks. It’s all of those things, of course, but more importantly, it’s the anniversary of Confederation – it was on July 1, 1867, that the country of Canada was born.
I’m already getting excited for Canada’s 150th birthday, in 2017. This September, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, I’ll help celebrate an important milestone on the way to Confederation. Founders Week marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, when the Fathers of Confederation signed an agreement to create this nation.
From August 28 to September 8, all eyes will be on PEI as Canada observes that important anniversary with a series of concerts and special events. Dear to my own heart will be the celebration of a fully connected Confederation Trail, the part of the Trans Canada Trail that runs throughout the beautiful, historic island province.
It gives me great pride to know that the Trans Canada Trail is on its way to becoming fully connected across the nation. But we still have a long way to go before we connect the TCT from coast to coast to coast. And that is why I’d like to extend an invitation to every Canadian to support the Trans Canada Trail.
It’s a legacy gift from all Canadians to all Canadians, for generations to come. And what could be a better 150th birthday present than that? Together, we can put the Trans Canada Trail on the world map for 2017.
Still don’t know what you’re doing for Canada’s birthday? Here’s my suggestion – before the sun sets and you settle in to watch the Canada Day fireworks, why not go for a walk, a hike or a ride on the section of Trail nearest you? And then make your contribution. After all, it’s our very own.
The important thing, for me, is that every Canadian celebrates this nation’s sesquicentennial – and helps to build a great, big, wonderful Trans Canada Trail.
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, C.C.
- Jean Béliveau, C.C.,O.Q.
- Hon. J. Judd Buchanan, P.C., O.C.
- Hon. Jean Charest, P.C.
- Mel Cooper, C.M., O.B.C.
- Purdy Crawford, C.C., Q.C.
- Phillip Crawley
- Hon.William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
- Hon. Gary Doer
- James K. Gray, O.C.
- James K. Irving, O.C.
- Murray B. Koffler, O.C.
- Hon. Frank McKenna, P.C., O.C
- Peggy McKercher, C.M.
- Michael Phelps, O.C.
- Hon. Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C.
- John A. Rhind
- Beckie Scott
- Allan C. Shaw, C.M.
- Jonathan Wener, C.M.
- W. Galen Weston, O.C.
- Victor L. Young, O.C