Overseas Military Memorial Sites Student Visits Assistance Act

An Act to propose and examine a program giving financial assistance to high school students visiting overseas military memorial sites

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Peter Stoffer  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of May 18, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment requires the Minister of Canadian Heritage to initiate a process for proposing and considering a program to give financial assistance to high school students travelling together to visit overseas military memorial sites.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Overseas Military Memorial Sites Student Visits Assistance ActRoutine Proceedings

May 18th, 2006 / 9:05 a.m.
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NDP

Peter Stoffer NDP Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-308, An Act to propose and examine a program giving financial assistance to high school students visiting overseas military memorial sites.

Mr. Speaker, as the House knows, we have about three World War I veterans left and we lose about 75 to 80 World War II and Korean veterans every day in this country. Fairly soon, the history of those two battles and the Korean War will be lost due to old age.

What I am attempting to do in the bill is have the federal government work with the provinces, the school boards and the private sector to set up a fund that would enable students the one-time opportunity to travel to overseas gravesites so they themselves can stand on the sites to witness and understand the historical nature of what they mean.

I can assure the House that any of us who have had that opportunity have been extremely moved by that experience.

In order to keep the remembrance of that service alive and of the words “lest we forget” alive, we need to keep passing it on from generation to generation. I believe this fund would be well worth it in the end because it would teach our children and future generations the history of our brave men and women in our military.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)