Canada Day: Parliament Hill Event Draws Big Crowd Despite Weather
Canada Day: Parliament Hill Event Draws Big Crowd Despite Weather
These three young women were among the many who celebrated Canada Day on Parliament Hill on July 1, the country’s 148th birthday. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

These three young women were among the many who celebrated Canada Day on Parliament Hill on July 1, the country’s 148th birthday. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

(Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

(Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

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(Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

(Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

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Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon (L), along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen and their children Ben and Rachel, arrive on Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon (L), along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen and their children Ben and Rachel, arrive on Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Ren Qiaosheng/Epoch Times)

Prime Minister Harper talks with some of the people as he leaves Parliament Hill after the noon Canada Day show. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Prime Minister Harper talks with some of the people as he leaves Parliament Hill after the noon Canada Day show. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves the stage after his Canada Day address to the crowd on Parliament Hill on July 1, 2015. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves the stage after his Canada Day address to the crowd on Parliament Hill on July 1, 2015. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston encourages the crowd to wave their Canadian flags during his speech. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston encourages the crowd to wave their Canadian flags during his speech. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston reviews the guards on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston reviews the guards on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Francesco Yates performs on Parliament Hill during the Canada Day festivities. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Francesco Yates performs on Parliament Hill during the Canada Day festivities. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Reggae-fusion group Magic! had the crowd dancing along with their upbeat music on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Reggae-fusion group Magic! had the crowd dancing along with their upbeat music on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Quebec singer Marc Dupré (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Quebec singer Marc Dupré (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Country singer Gord Bamford sings at the Canada Day noon show on Parliament Hill. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Country singer Gord Bamford sings at the Canada Day noon show on Parliament Hill. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Iqaluit group the Jerry Cans wow the crowd as they sing in English and Inuktituk. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Iqaluit group the Jerry Cans wow the crowd as they sing in English and Inuktituk. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Young Canadian singer Andee onstage on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Young Canadian singer Andee onstage on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Jonas and the Massive Attraction play on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Jonas and the Massive Attraction play on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Kiesza sings and plays the piano onstage during the Canada Day entertainment on Parliament Hill. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Kiesza sings and plays the piano onstage during the Canada Day entertainment on Parliament Hill. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

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(Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

OTTAWA—Canadians from coast to coast took part in a variety of events to celebrate Canada Day on July 1. In Ottawa, despite showers and cloudy skies, a sea of red and white dominated Parliament Hill as thousands turned out to mark the country’s 148th birthday.

The crowd was regaled with an outstanding line-up of performers from all parts of Canada, evoking this year’s theme: Strong. Proud. Free.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper touched on the theme in his speech, praising Canada as “a prosperous and optimistic country.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, the greatness of this country is no accident,” he said. “It is built on an unshakeable foundation of values: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, which is what draws people here from around the world.

“And those are the values for which our men and women in uniform put everything on the line, every day, in our defence,” he added, singling out the Canadian Armed Forces.

Prime Minister Harper talks with some of the people as he leaves Parliament Hill after the noon Canada Day show. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)
Prime Minister Harper talks with some of the people as he leaves Parliament Hill after the noon Canada Day show. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Governor General David Johnston called on Canadians to use their talents to give back to their country as its 150th birthday approaches in 2017.

“Let me issue a challenge to all Canadians,” he said.

“Let’s use our unique talents to build a better Canada, especially as we approach Canada’s 150th birthday. 2017, in less than a year and a half, is a wonderful opportunity to reflect, take stock, and imagine our future. As we look back, let’s look forward and let each give a gift to Canada—something that expresses our belief in a fair and just society for everyone who calls this land home. Now is the time to put plans in action to turn ideas into action, to act because the country we dream of won’t build itself.”

Teen pop singer Francesco Yates kicked off the entertainment in high gear with dancers and flags. Quebec singer Marc Dupré was next, followed by the freewheeling sounds of country singer Gord Bamford.

Governor General David Johnston reviews the guards on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)
Governor General David Johnston reviews the guards on Canada Day. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

Canada’s first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald also took the stage—no surprise given that July 1, 2015, is the 200th anniversary of his birthday—along with another Father of Confederation George Etienne Cartier, to debate the formation of Canada that made it the great country it now is.

Next up were the Jerry Cans, a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut, singing their upbeat music in Inuktitut and English that got the crowd singing along with them.

Andee (Andrée-Anne Leclerc) was next, then the hard rock sounds of Jonas and the Massive Attraction, followed by Kiesza, who played piano and sang.

Toronto’s reggae fusion group Magic! were the last group to entertain, and they left the crowd upbeat and cheering.

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