moved for leave to introduce Bill C-409, An Act respecting a Canada-Portugal Day.
Madam Speaker, I am pleased to move, seconded by the member for Hamilton Centre, an act respecting a Canada-Portugal day.
Every year on June 10, in Canada and throughout the world, persons of Portuguese origin, and some of us who are not, remember their cultural roots by celebrating the life of Luís Vaz de Camões, the author of Os Lusíadas, the epic poem about the history of Portugal prior to 1500.
June 10 should be known as Canada-Portugal day in recognition of the history of the Portuguese Canadian community and to celebrate its immense and significant contribution to Canada.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)