Canada welcomes new citizens as it celebrates 156th birthday

Seventeen new Canadians swore oaths of citizenship at a special citizenship ceremony as part of its 156th birthday celebrations.

Afterwards, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered remarks in which he referenced the fact that Canada’s population recently passed 40 million

“Given the citizenship ceremony we just had, we’re now at least 40 million 17,” Trudeau said.

But the prime minister also mentioned issues facing Canada and the world, including climate change, natural disasters, the war in Ukraine and rising prices.

“But no matter the challenges we face, we will get through it the same way we always do — by staying true to our values,” Trudeau said.

“Values like justice, openness and democracy. That’s Canada’s advantage in the world, now more than ever.”


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