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As I think about what Canada’s 150th birthday means to me, I think about what it means to be Canadian and what I hope for the future of rights and freedoms in Canada and for Canadians. The words of former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker from 56 years ago still resonate.
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” John Diefenbaker (From the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960)
I hope that these words, and the rights and freedoms they represent will remain true for Canada and for Canadians, not only for the next 150 years, but far beyond.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
About the Author: Toronto Employment Lawyer Andrea Lowes conducts workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, bullying, poisoned work environments, and other problematic workplace behaviour. Andrea also assists her clients by providing workplace investigation and human rights training to staff at all levels. Andrea’s practice also includes workplace assessments and reviews.