By Scott Aitchison, MP for Parry-Sound Muskoka
Red and white shone through Parry Sound – Muskoka for Canada Day!
Canada Day 2022 was the first time in two years that communities could come together and celebrate together. I was so excited to attend events in our riding and celebrate Canada with the people of Parry Sound – Muskoka – in person!
Sundridge kicked off the week by hosting her parade on June 25. It was a hot summer day, but the crowds were big and morale was high. A wonderful way to start the festivities.
Canada Day itself started with dark clouds and rain, but all the flags that were planted in downtown Huntsville brought out the bright skies and warm sunshine. I then visited the Lions Lookout in Huntsville to plant Canadian flags on the grounds, enjoy the view, and do my first of several Facebook live videos of the day.
Huntsville hosted a fantastic celebration at Heritage Place. There were fiddlers, guitarists, pioneers, strawberry cupcakes and shortcakes for all. Burks Falls was next on the tour where residents gathered at Stan Darling Park in their red and white to enjoy a great BBQ and even better music!
Then I left for Magnetawan where I met with the Almaguin Community Hatchery Program, visited local businesses at the market, and attended the community gathering by the river.
Later in the afternoon, I drove to Parry Sound. On the shores of Georgian Bay there was Ribfest, live music, children’s activities and much more. I had the chance to talk to a lot of people that afternoon and spread the Canada Day cheer by handing out flags to all the kids!
When night fell I was in Bracebridge and witnessed their amazing fireworks display over Bracebridge Falls. It was spectacular! The crowd was huge and the bay was filled with many other boat spectators. It was truly amazing to see.
South River hosted their long weekend Saturday celebration where I participated in their parade and BBQ at Tom Thompson Park. It was a great way to end the Canada Day celebrations in 2022.
Canada Day in our communities would not be possible without the incredible volunteers and service clubs who work tirelessly to plan and execute these events. From barbecues to Canada Day cupcakes, bagpipes, markets and parades, these community leaders have worked hard behind the scenes to bring us together. For that I say thank you!
Over Canada Day, I heard from you directly. Although we are all immensely proud to be Canadians and agree that we live in the most beautiful country in the world, we face difficult challenges.
People are struggling to pay bills with inflation making daily necessities more expensive. The housing market is out of control, with many residents unable to find rental accommodation and many young people giving up hope of home ownership. Passport and travel delays leave people stranded and frustrated. The wounds of divisive pandemic policies are not yet healed. Companies are suffering from a labor shortage.
But I also heard inspiring stories from people in our riding. Whether it’s opening a new small business, learning a trade, or working to improve our fish stocks, the people of Parry Sound – Muskoka roll up their sleeves and get the job done. I am always impressed by the resilience of our communities and how we respond when times get tough.
I will continue to advocate in Ottawa for policies to support the people of Parry Sound-Muskoka and my office is always available to help with federal issues. Please feel free to contact me for assistance and let me know of any issues you encounter.
The events I have witnessed over the past few weeks have further proven what I already knew to be true, that even with the polarization, anger and hardship that exists in Canada, we can all come together to celebrate the greatest country in the world, who we are lucky enough to call home.
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