The President of OPCCA, Stuart Clark, released this statement on Canada Day:
On this day, we commemorate the 146th anniversary of our nation’s founding. Nearly one and a half centuries later, Canada stands as a global beacon of peace, order and prosperity. This is a badge of honour we Canadians proudly wear.
As the President of OPCCA, I am truly privileged for the opportunity to serve Conservative youth across the province. Today, I want to honour the genuine contributions of students in enhancing campus life across our province and country. It is truly the people that define a country, and as a generation of future leaders, it is imperative that we build on this great legacy that has been graciously provided to us.
As a founding province of Confederation, the first of July is a particularly special occasion in Ontario. Our province’s place in Canada’s history is defined by the national heroes and leaders who held a vision to build a young country, with a scarce population, into an unrivalled and unequivocally respected international power.
Two particular groups deserve special credit for their role in building Canada’s storied history and promising future. These achievements were made in no small part by the contributions from waves of new Canadians who chose our country to start over, build a better future for their families and contribute to the strength of a thriving nation. And as the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces bravely defend Canadian values throughout the world, we must pause to honour their service, and never take for granted how fortunate we are to live in one of the freest, most secure and successful countries in the world.
For these reasons, we are truly blessed to call Canada home. On behalf of the Ontario PC Campus Association, I want to wish everybody a memorable and happy Canada Day.