Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all those who fought and continue to fight for the freedoms we have today. I hope people all over the nation and the world acknowledge that without the brave soldiers who fought in Flanders Fields and beyond, that our world could and probably would be a very, very different place.

As a Jew, I recognize that without the men and women who fought in the Second World War in particular, that, frankly, I may never have even been born. It is due to those who fought the tyranny of Hitler’s regime that I am able to have the life and the family I love so much, and for that, I am forever grateful.

As a Canadian, I’m proud every day of the soldiers who have represented our proud nation in Europe, Korea, Afghanistan, and everywhere else our country has fought, is fighting, or been on the ground peacekeeping.

Please recognize that it’s because of our soldiers and the battles they’ve fought and continue to fight that we live in a country in which almost 30 per cent of the population of an entire province is able to say they hate that very country publicly and not be imprisoned for it. In many other countries in the world, they’d be jailed or killed. In many other countries, the people “occupying” Victoria Square would be shot. In many other countries, it’s toe the line or pay the price.

Not in Canada. Here we can say what we want, do want we want, believe what we want, and be who we want.

For all the good (freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc) and the bad (the absurd “occupy” movement, separatism) that brings, I am grateful. I’m grateful that while people in the Middle East are blowing each other up that our biggest problem is some pissed off lazy people who want to complain in a park instead of get a job.

Thank you to our soldiers for making all of this possible. Thank you to our soldiers for keeping us safe. Thank you for protecting our freedoms and rights.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year, we set aside a minute to remember and reflect upon what our soldiers have done. Let’s make sure that we don’t just do that for one minute every year.

Thank you. Merci.