Taken from: The New Hamburg Independent
Canada’s 150th year since Confederation is a chance to celebrate what makes us Canadian, writes MP Harold Albrecht.
New Hamburg Independent
By Harold Albrecht
As Canadians, we are extremely blessed to be celebrating our 150th anniversary of Confederation. The past 150 years has brought with it a proud history full of achievements that have allowed Canadians to stand out on the global stage and provided its citizens with opportunities to prosper.
We are a nation built on hope, compassion, family and the drive to move our nation forward.
Our community’s deep roots in agriculture and the contributions of faith communities, service clubs and many volunteer groups have played an important role in our history. Growing up on a farm in Wilmot Township, I learned the value of hard work, team work and family. I was part of a large household that worked together to ensure the success of our farm and to care for our neighbours.
In that same spirit, Canadians have embraced and welcomed newcomers to our land. Canada is a nation built on immigrants who have put their skill sets to work building a stronger and more inclusive nation. Having been part of a group that sponsored a refugee family, walking alongside them and observing their integration into Canada has highlighted for me the importance of generosity unto others and making sure that all are welcomed.
Our region is the proud home to beautiful landscapes and historic sites including Castle Kilbride, churches, community centres, and so much more. We’re also honoured to be the home of the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada; one of Canada’s oldest infantry regiments. The Fusiliers, and other brave men and women, have served Canada`s interests around the world, ensuring that we continue to enjoy the freedoms and values we hold so dear. These men and women continue to make us proud and we shall never forget their sacrifices.
I believe that the hope, faith and values of my upbringing and heritage have brought me to where I am today. I have the incredible privilege of representing the constituents of Kitchener-Conestoga and sharing their perspectives in a fair and democratic parliament. It is truly an honour to be able to continue to serve my community and I look forward to serving for years to come. Canada will continue to welcome her newest members, and with them, build a bright and prosperous future for all.
I look forward to what the next 150 years will bring to our great nation. May God keep Canada glorious and free!
Harold Albrecht has been the Member Parliament for Wilmot, Wellesley, and the rest of the Kitchener-Conestoga riding since 2006.