Comparing to previous year’s celebrations, this year 149th anniversary of the Canada Day was celebrated under the sadness of the Atatürk Airport attacks which took place on 28th June.
On July 1, 1867, Canada was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec.
In his opening remarks, the Ambassador of Canada to Turkey John Holmes said “The official period of mourning is now over, but the pain and sadness will remain with all of us for some time. It is important for us to carry on. We cannot give in to terror. We cannot live our lives in fear. This is what the terrorists want. We are stronger than this and we will not succumb. This is why we have decided to continue out Canada Day event. While paying homage to the victims, we stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey during these difficult times”.
Mentioning the Brexit, the Ambassador said “many of us are still in shock over the Brexit result I wish our British cousins all the best with their decision, I believe the EU is stronger than any one member. The EU will survive and prosper because it is too important to fail”.