Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park was an action packed, high energy venue yesterday as residents and neighbours showed up in the thousands to partake in festivities for all ages.
The event kicked off with an emotional and life-altering experience for more than 40 West End residents emigrating from 17 countries. They were sworn in as new Canadians in the annual event marked with pomp and ceremony. Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal, a former Hampstead Town Councillor gave a moving and emotional speech to the new citizens and to all Canadians as she asked those assembled to raise their right hands to take the Oath of Citizenship.
When the new citizens were sworn in Mayor Housefather took to the stage to deliver his usually eloquent and touching speech. He praised Judge Seal for her service to all Canadians and welcomed all to the “Most Canadian city in Quebec.”
The festivities continued with rides, games and entertainment for the youngsters, great entertainment and good ‘ol patriotic speeches by our mayor, MNA and MP.
The CSL Human Rights Walkway gained a new inductee as a plaque in honour of Nelson Mandela was unveiled on stage. The walkway is a uniquely CSL initiative that has grown in size and importance over the last dozen or so years.
Former MNA Lawrence Bergman was given special attention as Trudeau Park’s Chalet 1 was renamed in his honour. The Lawrence S. Bergman Chalet was inaugurated in tribute to Lawrence’s outstanding commitment and unwavering support of the City of Cote Saint-Luc and its residents. Mayor Housefather listed the many reasons for praising Bergman including his work to save EMS when threatened with closure by the merger of all local Fire Departments and his support in solidifying the financing of the Aquatic and Community Centre.
A big highlight each year is the incredible fireworks show. What usually lasts about 15 minutes went on for almost 25 with the most spectacular pyrotechnics seen in Cote Saint-Luc in a very, very long time.
Keeping our residents and party-goers safe are our amazing EMS and vCOP volunteers along with our professional Public Security agents and Montreal agglomeration police officers.
Thanks to all of them for their endless energy and dedicated services. Our community is a better place to live in large part thanks to our many volunteers involved in safety, culture, sports and recreation.
The 2014 Canada Day celebration was good fun and a successful event. Thank you to co-chairs Councillors Sam Goldbloom and Mitchell Brownstein as well as to the staff of the Parks and Recreation Department under Director David Taveroff for doing such a fine organizing job. All this could not have been possible without the amazing leadership and abundant enthusiasm of the most incredible mayor in all of Quebec, Anthony Housefather.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Read more on Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog