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In the House with Hajdu: We are grateful

Remembrance Day a time to celebrate members of the military who have served their country over the course of Canadian history.
Hajdu Gravelle Remembrance Day
MPP Michael Gravelle and MP Patty Hajdu deliver wreaths on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at the Waverly Park cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com)

The Armistice of Nov.11. 1918, commemorated each year on Remembrance Day, ended the hostilities of a conflict that claimed more than 40 million lives. Over 600,000 served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve peace around the world.

On Nov. 11, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the idea of a safer Canada, and thank those currently serving in to protect Canada, and support peace, safety and security around the world. 

Almost as many Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Operations are happening here at home as abroad: responding to forest fires, floods, and other natural disasters; preventing avalanches in British Columbia; watching for illegal marine poaching; and of course, providing critical CAF support in First Nations, long-term care homes, and at border throughout the pandemic. Of special note is the work of the military to support the Public Agency of Canada to deliver millions of vaccines across the country - ensuring people could be vaccinated quickly and safely, no matter where they lived. 

Anyone with friends or loved ones that serve in the Armed Forces can attest to the bravery and sacrifice of the Canadians sent far from home, standing ready to protect. 

Those abroad, in Latvia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Iraq, South Sudan, the Congo — they are serving peace, stability, diplomacy, and offering humanitarian assistance in regions experiencing or at risk of conflict and strife. 

It is not by accident that Canada is a safe and prosperous nation. We’re a nation of nations that trust each other because we can — because we enjoy a peace and stability that underpins our trust in each other. The hardworking people in our military continue to serve their country, often at a deep personal cost.

So join me, on November 11th and every day, to recognize, thank, and remember those who serve. We are grateful.

Patty Hajdu is Minister of Indigenous Services and the minister responsible for FedNor. She is also the Liberal MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North. 

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