“On Sept. 1, 1905, the Province of Alberta was carved out of the Northwest Territories. Our provincial motto Strong and Free speaks to the principles that have built our Alberta society ever since.

“For 116 years, Alberta’s strength and freedom have been tested by war and development, boom and bust, prejudice and pandemic. Through it all, we have become stronger in our commitment that everyone in Alberta has the freedom to live, raise families, pursue opportunity, and determine their own future.

“Albertans continue to build a vibrant and welcoming society that is an economic engine and the driver of Canada’s prosperity. Alberta today is the best place in the world to live, work, play and raise a family. On Alberta Day, let us celebrate all that we have achieved together, and have yet to achieve as a province and people of destiny.”