Justin Trudeau's First Canada Day Celebration Included A Moving Message You Need To Read

Happy Canada Day! That's right, Friday, July 1, marks the annual, national day celebration for America's neighbors to the north, and there are plenty of festivities planned ― make sure to keep your eyes on the skies if you're a fan of fireworks! Canada Day celebrates the Constitution Act of 1871, which unified New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Canadian provinces. And thoughts of national unity and mutual respect were clearly on the mind of the country's prime minister Friday ― why not watch Justin Trudeau's Canada Day statement on diversity if you've got the time?

Trudeau, the 44-year-old fresh-faced Canadian leader, is celebrating his first Canada Day as prime minister, and that's got to be a fun feeling. But he did take some time to deliver a statement to the Canadian people about the unifying of the country, and how it relates to the country's present-day embrace of cultural and ethnic diversity. It's this kind of impassioned, eloquent rhetoric on core liberal principles of respect, tolerance, and anti-bigotry that helped Trudeau rise to prominence, and as such it's no surprise he'd take up the cause on Canada's big day.

While not surprising, it's nonetheless nice to Trudeau give this kind of pro-diversity plea. Trudeau ran and was elected as a strong progressive candidate, and he's been very forthright about the need for diversity and inclusion before, being a vocal advocate for welcoming Syrian refugees into Canada, even amid the usual political opposition. In fact, he presided over a ceremony welcoming Syrian refugees into Canada late last year, and he seemed both thrilled and moved by the experience.

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In short, Trudeau's Canada Day message was about a valuable a one as you'll hear, especially given an international political climate that's been showing signs of increased xenophobia and exclusion over the last several months. Or, to put it another way: If Americans have to endure President Trump's first-ever Fourth of July message next year, it's going to sound a whole lot different.