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REPORTING · 2nd July 2014
Walter McFarlane
Canada Day in Kitimat is nothing without a few words from the local politicians and Mayor Joanne Monaghan, MLA Robin Austin and MP Nathen Cullen were all present to say a few words about Canada and how well Kitimat celebrates.

“It’s great to be here,” said Austin. “I want to wish everybody a fantastic Canada Day.”

He expressed he anticipated the sunny weather in Kitimat before leaving chilly Terrace. he wished everyone a great day in Kitimat.

“It’s the only place in the Northwest with the sun shining down upon it is right here in Kitimat. Isn’t it always the way in Kitimat where the sun always gets,” said Cullen.

He expressed the community was celebrating 147 years of a country called Canada, the diversity of Kitimat but we were also celebrating being Canadian.

“We don’t brag too much as Canadians, do we, but I think we should brag a little bit more often. This is an amazing country to live in, it’s thanks to all of you and all of these strong communities, the Haisla and everybody else,” said Cullen.

Monaghan wished everyone a happy Canada Day. “It’s always an honour to be a part of July 1st celebrations and see you all here today. We have a really good crowd and the weather’s holding up so we’re really glad,” said Monaghan.

She stated in 1867, at midnight, on July 1st, the bells rang in Ottawa and Canada became a nation. “We’re still celebrating that today,” said Monaghan. “Kitimat is proud to hold one of the largest July 1st celebrations in British Columbia.”

She expressed Kitimat was a multicultural community were people came to make a home for themselves. She saw many new faces during the parade and she welcomed them to the community. “It’s really nice to see new faces in town and it’s great to see the old faces in town too,” said Monaghan.

All of them wished everyone a Happy Canada Day.