Martin C. Barry
One of the biggest Canada Day celebrations Park Extension has seen in years took place in Place de la Gare at the corner of Jean Talon St. and Hutchison Ave. on Monday July 1.
What a difference
It was a party that stood in stark contrast to a local Canada Day “non-event” that took place on July 1 three years ago.
At that time, Place de la Gare was a very lonely place to be on the country’s birthday because of an oversight that resulted in no major celebration being held that year in a riding which is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s home territory.
However, the Park Extension-based National Bangladeshi-Canadian Council (NBCC) has taken the initiative and stepped forward to see that a Canada Day event is organized each year worthy of the occasion.
With the NBCC’s help, Canada Day in Park Ex has become bigger and happier each year. This year and last year, a large stage was provided by the City of Montreal. There were also two large Canada Day birthday cakes.
Greetings from the PM
“There are many communities involved today – Indians, Peruvians, Columbians, Greeks,” said Monir Hossain, president of the NBCC. Justin Trudeau’s riding office sent two attachés, Rose Clermont-Petit and Rana Sayeh, who read out a letter of greetings from the Prime Minister.
It was a big party with all the multicultural Canadian communities to be found in Montreal’s Parc-Extension district. Thousands of people attended, with their children dressed in red and white on the lawns outside Provigo, the large super market next to the Parc Metro station.
A day to show pride
Flags of Canada floated as the local community sang the Canadian national anthem in the presence of many children. There was music with a free barbecue and Canada Day-themed cakes made by Provigo’s bakers.
All in all, the day represented a chance for those present to show pride in their origins, as seen within Canadian history as a generation of Canadians, being the bridge and link from the present to the future to unite multicultural and Canadian communities.