Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

Your member of parliament for


Toronto-St. Paul’s

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Town Crier: Together we can upright the canoe

My most recent op-ed for the Town Crier is on Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary and some of the actions all Canadians must take in the wake of the recent Truth and Reconciliation Comission report recommendations:

It’s only two years until we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, on July 1, 2017. We have so much to be proud of.

I fondly remember 1967 and especially Expo 67 in Montreal, where there seemed to be an explosion of creativity and talent. Canadians finally got an opportunity to see and hear themselves and feel very, very proud of their many contributions. Fifty years later, our country is still known for its warm and welcoming people, and its stunning vistas. Fifty years later, we are also known for our vibrant, safe cities and rich, diverse culture and enterprise.

On June 2, all Canadians were issued a challenge. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivered its recommendations on its six years of work.

We now know the truth about seven generations of terrible Canadian policy, which is now accepted as “cultural genocide”. We learned of the irreparable damage to the lives of countless First Nation, Métis and Inuit families. It was these policies that shattered the original relationship between the First Peoples and the European settlers — to share the land fairly, based upon respect and peace and friendship.

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