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MP Blake RichardsCanada’s 150th

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation; a truly special occasion for Canadians to connect with our past, celebrate our accomplishments, and look to the future of our great country. This historic milestone is an opportunity to reflect on, and take pride in, what it means to be Canadian.

What better time to learn more about our history and share our national story with each other and the world.

150 years ago, our Fathers of Confederation dreamed of a great nation. They visualized a united Canada that would be prosperous; a land of opportunity; the true north strong and free.

As we remember our history, it is also a time to honour the service and accomplishments of our men and women in uniform. From World War I and II, to Korea and Afghanistan, and many peacekeeping missions, they have served and continue to serve Canada in the face of risk and hardship, while protecting our country and upholding our values.

Looking back at more local history; Canmore was officially named in 1884 by Canadian Pacific Railway director Donald A. Smith. It was named after Malcolm III of Scotland, whose nickname was Canmore. At that time, it was only a whistle stop for the new railway, which was fast stretching west. In 1965, Canmore was incorporated as a town with 2,000 residents. After the 1988 winter Olympics, the population of Canmore increased dramatically to the more than 13,000 residents it has today.

As part of the Bow Valley and surrounded by the Rockies, it is no surprise that Canmore is on Chatelaine’s 2017 list of 40 best small towns to visit in Canada.

Here locally, and all across the country, there are lots of ways to get involved in Canada 150 activities and show your spirit this year, including Canmore’s Canada Day parade and celebrations. I look forward to participating in the many local events throughout the year to commemorate this special occasion.

As Canadians, we are lucky to live in the greatest country in the world. This year, as you are commemorating our great nation, take a moment to be proud of our country’s past and future success, celebrate our heritage and traditions and show your Canadian pride!

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Blake Richards was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and again in 2011 in the electoral district of Wild Rose. He was re-elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Banff-Airdrie, one of the largest and most diverse ridings in Canada. Mr. Richards grew up on  his family’s farm near Olds, currently lives in Airdrie, and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Exshaw branch. Prior to his election as a Member of Parliament, he was a real estate agent and volunteer firefighter.