“For over 150 years, Canadians across our Dominion have celebrated today as the birthday of our head of state, beginning with Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria.

“Today, we continue that tradition by celebrating the official Canadian birthday of her great-great-granddaughter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – the only monarch most of us have ever known. She represents not only the stability and strength of our constitutional order, but also a voice of encouragement and resilience during these troubled times.

“Of course in Alberta, Victoria Day is also known as the unofficial beginning of summer. Now more than ever, Albertans are going to want to get out of their homes to enjoy our amazing outdoors. We encourage people to do so, which is why we are gradually reopening services at provincial parks.

“I hope that Albertans have a great ‘May long’ while staying safe to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“And long live the Queen.”

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