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Given the atrocities this country has been forced to confront over the past month, Canada Day — normally a moment for celebration — was always going to be difficult to frame this year. But in recent comments, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole seems to be angling for a political fight over the national holiday. “As someone who served Canada and will soon ask for the trust to lead this country, I can’t stay silent when people want to cancel Canada Day,” O’Toole said in a televised address to Conservative MPs last week. “I’m very proud to be Canadian. And I know most people are as well.” Canada Day has not been cancelled, nor has there been any serious public discussion about doing so. While the hashtag #CancelCanadaDay has trended a few times on Twitter, the national holiday does not seem to be in imminent danger of being called off.

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