Canada Day is a time to celebrate a great Canadian citizenship. For immigrants such as myself, it gives us a rare chance to celebrate great milestones. For instance, Jemy Joseph has only been in Canada just over a decade but she has achieved more than her share. As a medical student, she's a shining example of what immigrants contribute to the fabric of Canada's identity.
I have crossed oceans and travelled miles to come to Canada, not because of its weather, to watch hockey or to enjoy what Tim Horton's has to offer on its menu. Many people choose Canada to enjoy a life of liberty and freedom -- freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of thought and belief, freedom of opinion and expression; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association as guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedom.