MP Guy Lauzon writes: I hope everyone in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry enjoyed a wonderful Canada Day. I was fortunate to celebrate Canada Day in five communities across SDSG with MPP Jim McDonell and my Executive Assistant Eric Duncan.
Our day began by hosting a sing-a-long breakfast for 150 Francophone and 150 Anglophone seniors at the Cornwall Legion. We were then off to Iroquois to join the Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club in kicking off their Canada Day festivities, visit a classic car show at Iroquois Point, and enjoy a delicious BBQ Chicken Dinner. During our celebrations at Lost Villages in South Stormont, there were huge lines ups for their traditional famous Strawberry shortcake and we were able to catch a glimpse of Elvis. We also had the opportunity to open the Morrisburg Canada Day ceremonies and to stop in South Mountain for a visit to celebrate with North Dundas residents. Special thanks to the Mountain & District Lions Club for revitalizing the festivities there.
As Chair of the Cornwall Canada Day committee, I returned to Cornwall to act as emcee for the remainder of the event. The highlight of the evening, of course, is always the fireworks display. Most Canada Day committees in SDSG use fireworks from BEM Fireworks located in Coteau Landing. As many of you know, BEM suffered a huge fire June 20 and regrettably two of their employees died tragically. We were not sure if we would even have a fireworks display until 9:30 pm on June 28 because our product was under an embargo at the BEM site due to investigations into the fire. A moment of silence to recognize the two women lost in the BEM fire was held before a very spectacular display of fireworks lighted up the skies over Cornwall.
Believe it or not, but in 15 hours we were able to travel 400 km and participate in seven events. I was thrilled to see how many constituents came out to celebrate Canada Day in the communities of SDSG. I am proud I was able to celebrate Canada’s 146th Birthday with so many patriotic constituents.