Ottawa weather dampens Canada 150 turnout but not Canadian spirit

Ottawa weather dampens Canada 150 turnout but not Canadian spirit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated all the Canadian citizens for the 150th anniversary of the Confederation and called to celebrate the achievements of the past and look boldly for a better future.

"Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them", Trudeau told the gathering.

President Trump on Saturday morning tweeted "happy Canada Day" to "the great people of Canada" and his "new found friend" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"But we embrace that diversity while knowing in our hearts that we are all Canadians".

"Alberta, I love you".

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Trudeau addressed Canada's history as one that's "far from flawless", tinged with centuries of oppression against Indigenous Peoples. "It is a choice we make not because of what we did, or who we were, but because of who we are". And while one might think Nunavut might be the most obscure, it was Alberta that Trudeau forgot, reports the CBC.

"As a society, we must acknowledge past mistakes", he said, telling the audience that there was still much work to be done in order to achieve reconciliation.

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Security was already ramped up in the days ahead of the celebration and party-goers must contend with road closures and concrete barriers across entrances into Parliament Hill, located in downtown Ottawa.

Across the Ottawa river in Gatineau, Quebec, crowds also lined up to see Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla open a new hall at Canada's Museum of History.

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