moved for leave to introduce Bill C-374, an act to establish Merchant Navy Veterans Day.
Madam Speaker, I offer my sincere appreciation on behalf of all merchant navy veterans from coast to coast to coast to all my colleagues in the House.
This is indeed a very proud day for Canada and a very proud day for veterans from all across this great land of ours. The bill has been in the works for many months and was spearheaded through a local constituent of mine, Mr. Jack Stapleton.
On behalf of all 301 members of parliament, I ask Canadians to come together on September 3rd to celebrate the sacrifice that many men and women paid and the widows who were left behind by those who passed away during their tours in various conflicts in which Canada. I ask Canadians to come together and celebrate the fact that we have a free and democratic country due in large part to the efforts brought forward by merchant navy veterans.
As the member of parliament for Simcoe—Grey, I say bravo to all the veterans in Canada and especially the merchant navy veterans.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)