Thoughts on Canada 150 from MPS

Celebrating Canada 150 – Grade 1 students Taylor Elliott (left) and Chelsea Boucher (right) from Morrisburg Public School are seen here with their handmade Canada 150 t-shirts for the last day of school. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

MORRISBURG — On the last day of the 2016-17 school year (June 28th), The Leader met with some students from Morrisburg Public School to talk about what Canada and Canada 150 means to them, and what they think Canada in the future will look like.

What do you think about Canada turning 150 years old?

Chelsea Boucher (Grade 1): “Canada is not 150 years old yet. It turns that on Saturday. It’s almost as old as my dad if it was 50. He just turned 50. It means it’s important because it’s turning older. I want to see it have balloons for it’s birthday. Lots of big red balloons.”

Taylor Elliott (Grade 1): “It means to me it is important and it inspires me and it impresses me. It’s old.”

Harmony Shattler (Grade 5): “It celebrates when we’re founded and that is great. It’s a big number.”

Ethan Harper (Grade 5): “It means a lot to celebrate a big number for Canada. We’re peaceful. We bring peace to other countries in need. We’re kind.”

Kyra Lewis (Grade 6): “It means it is home. Canada doesn’t have wars, so we feel safe. Canada 150 is different because Canada has been around for 150 years.”

Eshal Ali (Grade 6): ” Canada is a nice, safe, free country. [This year] is way more special because it is been 150 years and it’s a long time. It is something that should be a big celebration.”

MPS students talk about what Canada will look like in the future – Pictured (l-r): Ethan Harper, Eshal Ali, Kyra Lewis and Harmony Shattler. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

What do you think Canada will look like 50 years from now?

Boucher: “I think Canada is going to have lots of new buildings. Maybe even pink ones with stripes.”

Elliott: “I think it is going to look like a big town. Not the whole entire country, there would be forests too. And I think there will be more four-wheelers that can go on water like jet-skis, like on Top Gear.”

Shattler: “Probably a lot more technology everywhere. And flying cars.”

Harper: “There will be hoverboards, and cars will look a lot different. But they wont fly.”

Lewis: “Canada is going to keep growing. More people, more buildings. I want to see neighbours joining together. Communities connecting. There isn’t that much connection in rural areas. There needs to be more.”

Ali: “In the next 50 years there will be a lot more electricity and renewable energy. A more safer cleaner environment.”