Today, New Democrats join New Brunswickers everywhere in celebrating New Brunswick Day. Today we celebrate the values for which New Brunswick has become known around the country. Values like linguistic and cultural diversity, our tolerance and welcoming spirit, our mutual respect and social justice, and the great progress which we have achieved together.

There are many reasons to be a proud New Brunswicker, there is far more that unites us than divides us and for that we can all be very proud. But we still have much work to do to build a better New Brunswick that works for everyone, not just the few at the top.

And we must remember that this anniversary also marks a very painful period for Indigenous Peoples, who continue to suffer from deep inequality and injustices. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, let’s commit to meaningful reconciliation, and to making Canada more equal, just and inclusive. Let’s also commit to protecting our environment, defending the vulnerable and reducing inequality in communities across the country.

Canadians can count on New Democrats to stand up for a better, more equal Canada where no one is left behind. Let’s continue to work together to build a better country and a better future for our children and grandchildren.

On behalf of all New Democrats, I wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Brunswick Day.

-Rosaire L’Italien, Interim Leader of the NB NDP