Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION Canadians have much to be thankful for
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 6 Oct 2006, p. 6

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In many African countries disease runs rampant and fending off starvation is a daily battle. In the Middle East, peace is often fragile and has proven elusive for decades. In Asia, terrifying storms have battered the continent in recent years, killing thousands and wreaking havoc on the economy and infrastructure in many countries. Other nations have crippling problems ranging from poverty to human rights abuses to government instability. Looking at the rest of the world, we in Canada have a lot to be thankful for. We have a nation full of natural resources from coast to coast and the country's citizens have no restrictions to travel throughout our vast land. Our health care system, while often under fire, is the envy of many countries. Next month in Ontario municipal elections will be held where citizens can duly elect the politician of their choice under a free voting system-- just one of three levels of government where we are allowed the freedom to choose those we wish to lead us. Most Canadians tonight will not go to bed hungry or homeless. That's not to say there aren't those among us who need assistance, but often help is available for those less fortunate. Canada is looked upon as a benevolent nation and one that is appealing to those wishing to make it their new home. That reputation was not gained without good leadership and commitment from its citizens throughout the past 139 years. This weekend, as you enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends, pause a moment and give thanks you are a Canadian.

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OPINION Canadians have much to be thankful for